Pep Guardiola has hailed the work of Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea, naming him as one of a select group of managers he regularly learns from.
Man City will be facing off with Chelsea on Saturday in a 12:30pm kick-off. It will be a crucial game in the Premier League title race. City are already 10 points clear of their closest challengers Chelsea.
Should they defeat the European champions, like they did in the reverse fixture, they would have a hand on retaining the trophy.
But it is never that simple and Guardiola knows he must prepare for a challenge. And in the opposite dugout, there will be Tuchel for him to outwit – a manager he greatly respects.
Guardiola said of his counterpart: “So creative. One of the few managers I learn constantly from, to become a better manager myself. Excellent in all departments.
“I enjoy since in Mainz and Dortmund, always I enjoy watching his teams and the approach.
“He makes world football better. He always wants to be positive in the way they play.”
Guardiola is expecting Tuchel to adapt again to avoid a repeat of their meeting at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season. Chelsea failed to register a single shot on target during that match.
The former Barcelona and Bayern boss knows all about how good teams must evolve. As such, he is prepared for what Tuchel may throw at him.
Guardiola added: “He didn’t like the way they played at home so they are going to play a different way.
“Seeing the Liverpool game and Spurs, I saw at Chelsea that they were completely different to what we played in Stamford Bridge.
“Football is every day. The best games were in the last few days.
“Football is constant evolution. You have periods where you play good, the key is to sustain that for as long as possible.
“Tomorrow we face the European champion. An excellent team.”
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