Tuchel: We won’t let them win the league

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Manchester City just need a victory against Chelsea to become Champions of England, but they know they have a difficult task against Thomas Tuchel’s men.

Chelsea only recently defeated City 1-0 in the semi-final of the FA Cup, and Saturday’s game is expected to be a massive tie.

Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed that Manchester City have the advantage heading to this tie, as they aren’t only playing at home, but they are well rested compared to Chelsea who played Real Madrid on Wednesday and will still have to travel to Manchester for the weekend.

Despite the advantage to Manchester City, Tuchel is still keen on making it difficult for Pep Guardiola and his team.

“The possibility that they can become champions if they win against us will not lower their ambitions and determination,” Tuchel pointed out in his press conference.

“They have one more day to recover, they don’t have to travel, which gives them a bit the upper hand.

“We saw how crucial that can be in these days when they arrived at Wembley in the semi-final and we had one more day, we had two games in London and they had to travel from Dortmund and then again to London. I had the feeling on the sideline that it gave us a bit of the upper hand.

“I think that the final in Istanbul will be pretty unique, no matter what the score is tomorrow. Both teams will reflect enough for this special game in Istanbul to be able to turn around any result tomorrow.

“So I try to prepare for it in a normal way. The challenge right now is to get the tiredness out of our legs and out of our brains to get refocused. The big challenge is also to forget Wednesday because it will not help us on the pitch tomorrow. We should remember our performance and what we put into this game, but forget all the praise, forget the result and start again new.”

Tuchel also added: “‘Now it’s a league game, they can be champions, they have one more day recovery, so it’s a big challenge for us. But this is why we are here and everybody who will play for Chelsea tomorrow will be completely focused and determined to grab the best result possible at the Etihad.”

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