Tuchel reveals his plans for Watford as he faces Ranieri for the first time

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is excited ahead of his side’s game against Watford, as the Blues travel to the Vicarage Road on Wednesday.

For Tuchel, it’s the first time he’d be up against new Watford boss Claudio Ranieri. Ranieri is a veteran in the Premier League, having managed Chelsea and Leicester City, where he took Chelsea to the Champions League semifinal in 2004 before going on to win the Premier League with Leicester City back in 2016.

Tuchel has seen what Ranieri has brought to the Watford team in such a short time, and he’s keen on getting the three points nevertheless.

The Blues boss said ahead of the game: “We see a difference in data and the style of the game since he joined the club. They play with more confidence, especially at home. They try to implement also high pressing, they are very active, they try to be brave and courageous, they had a great result against Man United.

“They try to play more emotional, with more effort, to have the crowd behind them, they can create an atmosphere that helps them.

“Claudio Ranieri speaks for himself, what he did in the Premier League and he had so many clubs, so he’s such an experienced coach. It’s a pleasure to meet him, it’s my first time to meet him in person and play against him, but we will do our best to be able to get the three points tomorrow in this game.”

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