Thomas Tuchel claims Chelsea will go into the Champions League final knowing they can beat Manchester City, before playing down the significance of this evening’s win when thinking ahead to Istanbul. The Blues appear to have City’s number since Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard having beaten the impending champions twice in a matter of weeks.
Chelsea knocked City out of the FA Cup in the semi-finals three weeks ago at Wembley before coming from behind to ruin their Premier League title party.
Raheem Sterling put the hosts ahead before City had a glorious chance to double the lead heading into half-time when Billy Gilmour tripped Gabriel Jesus in the box.
Up stepped Sergio Aguero, whose time at the club is quickly running out, but the Argentine’s tame panenka effort was gathered by the fearless Edouard Mendy.
Chelsea then punished after the break as Hakim Ziyech drove the ball in for the leveller with a sweetly struck effort.
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“We know very well and I’ve said this before and I will repeat it, we know that the final is a very unique game.
“You cannot predict what will happen so you need to be well prepared.
“We will have some changes and they will have some changes again but we arrive with the knowledge that we are capable of beating them.
“This is what we have and this will not change ahead of the game.”
Tuchel also paid tribute to his side’s performance in the second half, as flipped the game on its head to take a giant step towards a top-four finish.
“What a performance in the second half, it was more or less an equal first half before the last five minutes where we almost had to give it away completely,” Tuchel added.
“If they score the penalty it’s probably over before it really starts.
“Then you go to half-time at 2-0 and have no chance to come back.
“It was very hard because we were 1-0 down and had one injured player.
“By the performance in the second half I think we deserved to win.
“Of course you need a bit of luck to win all three points at the Etihad, you need a bit of momentum from decisions from refereeing but we had many, many half-chances in the second half.
“Big, big congratulations to the team for their performance, particularly second half.”