Tuchel: We don’t want the sympathy of the fans

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Thomas Tuchel insists they don’t need sympathy from the fans ahead of the FA cup final clash at Wembley.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel as stated that they don’t want the sympathy of the fans when the meet Liverpool in the FA Cup final.

Liverpool and Chelsea will meet at the Wembley stadium for the FA Cup final later today as this will be the second time of meeting there.

Liverpool earlier this year have defeated the Blues in the League cup with a penalty shootout to lift the cup.

Speaking ahead of the FA cup final Thomas Tuchel said that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is always playing the underdog.

He added that the Liverpool manager do that a lot and that is where they get their sympathy from.

“Jurgen Klopp is the master of being the underdog,” declared Tuchel as he considered Guardiola’s viewpoint and today’s match.

“He can talk you into Liverpool being an underdog against Villarreal and against Benfica, and that it is a miracle how they make it to even draw against them. He does it a lot of times and that’s part of where the sympathy comes from.

“There’s nothing to be jealous of from my side. Klopp is a fantastic guy and a funny guy, one of the very, very best coaches in the world. And that’s what he does.

“When he trained Dortmund, the whole country [of Germany] loved Dortmund so now he trains Liverpool, the whole country loves Liverpool and it’s a big, big credit to him.

“This is what you deal with when you play against them. It’s always like this, but it’s also the fun part. So if we are the bad guys, no problem. We don’t want to have the sympathy of the country today. We want to have the trophy.”

Tuchel replaced Jurgen Klopp at Dortmund and he said he have huge respect for his fellow compatriot.

He added that they need to stand up and not be influence by the challenges ahead of the match.

“You have to stand up against it and just be self-confident and do your thing, and do not get influenced. I was the guy after him at Dortmund and it is not always easy.

“But I have nothing but the biggest respect for him and what he’s doing. He is at one with the supporters and with the club, and he is the face and charismatic leader of this development of this huge club.

“It’s a club with a huge reputation worldwide so my players have to step up against it and I have to step up against it. It’s not only on the field but also on the sideline where you cannot get bullied by anybody.”

 

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