Thomas Tuchel was celebrated for his tactical masterclass when his Chelsea team closed Manchester City to secure a spot in the FA Cup final.
Thanks to a goal from Moroccan wing wizard Hakim Ziyech in the 55th minute, Chelsea beat the Premier League leaders 1-0 in the semi-finals on Saturday.
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The Blues constrained their rivals with the tenacity and defensive stinginess that have become their trademark under Tuchel when the dreams of a quadruple for Pep Guardiola’s team shuddered to a halt at Wembley.
The win for Chelsea was further confirmation of Russian owner Roman Abramovich’s decision to wield the ax in January while the team struggled under Frank Lampard.
📊 Thomas Tuchel: 🇩🇪 1st German coach reaches the FA Cup final 1st win against Pep Guardiola at the 6th leadership meeting 6th 14th goal conceded in 19 games since he took over Chelsea # CHEMCI # FACuppic.twitter.com / S36yp2FXn5
– Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) April 17, 2021
Ever since former Paris Saint-Germain boss Tuchel took over the helm, he has set out to restore confidence in the talented ranks of the Blues, get them back into competition for the Premier League top 4 and semi-finals Places in the Champions League and now book the FA Cup.
The 47-year-old Tuchel will be the first German to lead a team in the world’s oldest cup competition when his team takes on Southampton or Leicester City on May 15th.
In addition, Tuchel has only suffered two defeats in his 19 games responsible for the Stamford Bridge team. These included victories against teams led by leading talent Guardiola, Jürgen Klopp, Diego Simeone, Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti – all clean and a single goal in these games.
In three months at Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel has now defeated Pep Guardiola, Jürgen Klopp, Diego Simeone (X2), José Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti! And without conceding a single goal in these six games!
– Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) April 17, 2021
Chelsea are in the semi-finals of the Champions League final of the FA Cup. Good position for the top 4 Thomas Tuchel. What a manager this man is ..
– Conn (@ConnCFC) April 17, 2021
On Saturday, Tuchel was on the right track again after initially raising his eyebrows when Kepa Arrizabalaga came in and the misfiring Timo Werner came back forward.
In this instance, the German striker was instrumental in Chelsea’s winners as he broke the left side before feeding Ziyech for a tap-in.
Before the game, Tuchel had hailed Guardiola’s city as a “benchmark” in Europe, although, as blues fans emphasized, this flattery was followed by a brutally efficient display of how the threat could be removed.
Tuchel praised Pep Guardiola yesterday and beat him up today. That is a very encouraging thing.
– Vince ™ (@Blue_Footy) April 17, 2021
Elsewhere, Chelsea fans praised Tuchel as “world class” for its effect. The resulting reversal of luck was hardly imaginable when the German stepped into the shelter at the end of January with a team that was stuck in a burglary.
The fact that Manchester City left Chelsea behind with embarrassing ease the last time the two teams met towards the end of Lampard’s battered tenure shows even more clearly how far Tuchel has brought the team when they faced the same opponent on Saturday triumphed.
– Tottenham – Liverpool – Man City – Atletico Madrid x2 – Everton – Porto All the teams that Chelsea have beaten since Thomas Tuchel took command a few months ago. Class. Manager. pic.twitter.com/BoBkenJOpk
– FutbolChelsea (@FutbolCheIsea) April 17, 2021
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea has beaten Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City out of the FA Cup and is in the final. If you’d told this to a Chelsea fan after they hit us at home a few months ago, we would have laughed. Unbelievable.
– Dubois (@CFCDUBois) April 17, 2021
Chelsea reached the same stage of the FA Cup under Lampard last season before losing to London rivals Arsenal in a bitterly disappointing performance. This time around, however, they are sure to be a hot favorite against Leicester or Southampton, not least because of Tuchel’s tactical acumen.
Next up are Chelsea Premier League encounters with Brighton and top four rivals West Ham before heading to Spain for a Champions League semi-final first leg against Real Madrid.