UCL: Guardiola Set To Clash Against Old Rival Tuchel

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Pep Guardiola is relishing the chance to pit his wits against Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel as the Manchester City boss looks to avenge his team’s 2021 Champions League final defeat at the German’s hands.

 

City host Bayern in the Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday as Guardiola continues his quest to lead the team to their first title in Europe’s elite club competition.

 

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It will be an intriguing tactical battle between two of the world’s top managers, with Guardiola coming face to face with Tuchel two years after the German won their Champions League final showdown.

 

Tuchel was in charge of Chelsea when they beat City 1-0 in the final in Porto two years ago.

 

However, Guardiola has been accused of over-thinking his team selection for the final against Chelsea, who also beat City in the FA Cup and the Premier League during Tuchel’s reign.

 

But with Tuchel recently taken charge of Bayern after being sacked by Chelsea in September, Guardiola has a chance for revenge over the two-legged tie.

 

“I was sad but I congratulated him and Chelsea for the victory. It happened,” Guardiola told reporters on Monday.

 

“We try again. Defeats and victories stick at the same level. It is forgotten just the same. I don’t pay attention to what happened in the past. It’s part of the game.

 

“I reviewed the game a month ago and it was not as bad as I thought. It was a tight game, like they always have been against Chelsea in this period.”

 

On locking horns with Tuchel, Guardiola added: “I try to figure out the quality they have in all departments. It would have been difficult with Julian Nagelsmann and also will be difficult against Tuchel.

 

“I don’t pay that much attention, more attention on what I do with my team.”

 

Guardiola knows all about Bayern’s enduring quality after spending three seasons in charge of the Munich club from 2013 to 2016, a spell that included three Bundesliga titles.

 

But just as he been unable to produce a Champions League triumph with City, he also failed to win the competition at Bayern.

 

The 52-year-old’s two Champions League victories as a manager both came with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011, and he is well aware how hard it will be to end that long barren run this season.

 

“We want to try. It’s an honour to be here against an elite club like Bayern and I’m happy to be here,” Guardiola said.

 

(Vanguard)

 

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