Thomas Tuchel’s verdict on Manchester United mirrors Kevin De Bruyne’s Pep Guardiola comments

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Thomas Tuchel has admitted he does not quite know what to expect from Manchester United at Stamford Bridge this evening.

Chelsea welcome Man United to the Bridge as they look to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table – with Michael Carrick taking charge of his second game as caretaker manager of the Manchester-based outfit.

Following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being sacked as United manager last weekend, Carrick led his side to victory in Spain against Villarreal in the UEFA Champions League, with the former England midfielder looking to leave his mark on the team.

However, with this being just his second match in charge, Tuchel has admitted he does not know what to expect from today’s opponents.

“We only had one match with Carrick [to analyse] but it’s not the first time we’ve planned for a new manager coming in. You then focus on individual behaviour and connections on the field of two three players,” Tuchel said to Sky Sports.

“This is what we did and tried to analyse the Villarreal game and tried to find things that have an influence on our behaviour and this is our focus.

“They changed a bit and it seems [Bruno] Fernandes will play as a false nine so we’ll see. It was hard to predict so we didn’t spend too much time on guessing about things we don’t know and focused on us.”



COBHAM, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 26: Thomas Tuchel of Chelsea during a press conference at Chelsea Training Ground on November 26, 2021 in Cobham, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

These comments from Tuchel almost mirror what Kevin De Bruyne said about United a few weeks ago before the latest Manchester Derby.

De Bruyne admitted that City boss Pep Guardiola was unaware of what United would do – in a tactical sense – for the Premier League clash at Old Trafford, that United ended up losing 2-0.

The Man City and Belgium midfielder said: “The day before a game we usually train tactically, based on how the opponent plays. Before United, Pep said: ‘We don’t know how they are going to play. We shall see’. And we stopped training after ten minutes or so.

“Often Pep knows how the opponent is going to play. This time he didn’t know, so he didn’t know what to do. We have done what we always do, but he didn’t know beforehand if they would play with five at the back. With four. A diamond in the middle. With three upfront.”

With Man City and Liverpool both winning earlier in the weekend, Chelsea know the importance of the clash.

Source by Football London

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