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How Tuchel Outsmarted Guardiola To Win UCL



SWANSEA, WALES – MARCH 16: Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal looks on prior to kick off during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Arsenal at Liberty Stadium on March 16, 2013 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Legendary Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was a studio analyst and pundit for last night’s Uefa Champions League final game between Chelsea and Man City, a battle between German manager Thomas Tuchel and the great Spanish manager Pep Guardiola.  Arsene Wenger

Legendary former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger took time out to credit the Chelsea manager Tuchel for his brilliant strategy and his ability to outfox Guardiola in the UCL final.
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According to Arsene Wenger, the positioning of two Chelsea inside forwards; Mason Mount and Kai Havertz, was the key to their success.

“I must say that what Tuchel did well is that he played Mount and Havertz more inside defensively,” the former Arsenal boss said on beIN SPORTS.

“So Manchester City could never find a way through the middle and had to go wide where Chelsea were quite strong.

“Manchester City had a big tactical problem they could not sort out.

“They’re not balanced, they did not find a way to play incisive football and Chelsea stopped them very well.” Arsene Wenger explained.

Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel said he had sensed before the Champions League final that his side would win on Saturday.
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Tuchel guided Paris Saint-Germain to last season’s Champions League final which they lost 1-0 to Bayern Munich.

PSG sacked the German in December but he was almost immediately hired by Chelsea and led the Russian-owned club to the second Champions League victory in their history thanks to a single goal from Kai Havertz in Porto.

“You know I was so grateful to arrive a second time (in the final after doing so with PSG last year) but this felt different. I told people before somehow it was,” Tuchel told BT Sport.


He paid tribute to his “unbelievable” players.

“It was an incredibly tough fight, what a fight. Today they were determined to win this. We wanted to be the stone in their (City’s) shoe.

“I told everyone to step up and to be more brave with the ball. 

“Kai was strong and delivered again. He has great heart.”

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