Chelsea must fulfill Pep Guardiola’s prophecy before Roman Abramovich delivers on Thomas Tuchel’s promise – Daniel Childs
Even with the rather staggering levels of domestic dominance that Manchester City achieved under Pep Guardiola, there’s still that lingering feeling that history isn’t complete without a European crown.
The crown Guardiola was one game away from reclaiming it since he led this astonishing Barcelona to glory in 2011 against City’s bitterest rivals. But it was Thomas Tuchel who would prove Guardiola’s winner at the Estadio do Dragao last May.
Manchester City are on track to claim their fourth Premier League title in five years after beating Chelsea 1-0 on Saturday to go 13 points clear, potentially reaching around 94 points again, a level they have maintained since 2018.
This level of excellence even exceeds the dominance of Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United in the late 90s and 2000s.
But what Ferguson’s United was able to translate that league excellence into European competition in 1999 and 2008.
Although Man City fans might deny the desperation to lift the Champions League as Chelsea chased for nearly a decade until 2012, Guardiola would surely think his legacy would be incomplete without winning one, as has happened. produced with Bayern Munich.
Thomas Tuchel has the clamor against his respected coaching counterpart at Stamford Bridge, answering a question about whether he would regret if he didn’t win a league title with Chelsea.
“Me personally? If we weren’t in a press conference now, I would say ‘yes’! It would be like ‘argh, we should have, argh’. I don’t know if we can do it in 18 months (of my contract) or whatever, it depends on many factors. But, yes, yes, I have the desire to win the Premier League with Chelsea. A clear yes.
Tuchel, in the same press conference ahead of the clash with Guardiola, admitted this season’s title dream may be over and was equally damning after City beat Chelsea for the second time this season on Saturday.
“It’s part of being a top team. We’re being stalked. Do you have any news for me or things we already know?”
Chelsea have not lifted the Premier League since May 2017 under Antonio Conte when the Blues reached 93 points, seven clear of second-placed Spurs.
It reflects how far Chelsea have come from that level since they failed to even reach 80 points, a feat they achieved quite consistently in the first decade under Roman Abramovich.
Even with the admiration shared between Guardiola and Tuchel, one thing the two don’t share is the same level of patience from those above.
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Tuchel has openly joked since his arrival about Chelsea’s short-term coaching policy, which still means the pressure on Tuchel to win now will remain high, increasing that desperation to achieve that goal.
“Will I be unhappy for the rest of my life if we can’t make it happen?” Maybe not, but I’d be absolutely pissed at myself if we didn’t try. Tuchel ended the answer with.
If 2021/22 isn’t the season Chelsea achieve Tuchel’s long-held ambition, the target will be to close the 19-point gap in last season’s close at Manchester City.
This hunger also reinforces the importance of next summer’s transfer window. Chelsea will have to find buyers for unwanted players, upgrade others and hope to get off to a quick start without a major international tournament this summer to restrict pre-season preparations.
To match the legacy of Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Antonio Conte, Tuchel knows it is essential to reach the top of England’s top tier before Abramovich swings his favorite axe.
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