Thomas Tuchel was proud to have got the better of Pep Guardiola for the first time in his career after leading Chelsea to a 1-0 victory over Manchester City on Saturday.
Hakim Ziyech’s goal sent Chelsea into the FA Cup final for the fourth time in five seasons and ended Premier League leaders City’s hopes of winning a quadruple this season.
Guardiola was unbeaten in his five prior meetings with Tuchel, all of which came during the Catalan’s time in charge of Bayern Munich between 2013 and 2016.
Since taking over Chelsea in January, Tuchel has also come out on top against Jurgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Diego Simeone.
He was pleased to have got the beating of a manager he considers to be the best in the world but urged his team to quickly put it behind them and focus on their push to finish in the top four of the Premier League.
“If you play against Pep, you know you play against the highest level in Europe because everywhere he was on the sideline he was the benchmark with his teams and he is again. You can see this in the Premier League,” Tuchel told a post-match news conference.
“But it was our target to close the gap for the 90 minutes because it’s possible in football if you arrive in good momentum you can make this happen.
“I’m happy and proud of the performances because we played with a lot of courage. We were brave with the ball and against the ball.
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