Bullish Tuchel sends warning to Man City ahead of Champions League final

Bullish Tuchel sends warning to Man City ahead of Champions League final

Thomas Tuchel has said his Chelsea side are the team to challenge Manchester City as they prepare for Saturday's face-off in the Champions League finals. 

Tuchel's Chelsea have beaten the Premier League Champions in two matches in April and May, and the German feels they will be prepared for the match in Portugal. 

They however head into the game on the back of a disappointing run, having lost three of their last four games in all competitions. 

Speaking on Monday, the Geman coach also emphasized that his experience, having been at last year's Champions League final with PSG, will count for little against Pep Guardiola's side. 

"We know that in a final anything can happen. Luck is a huge part and the mental approach to it - who can handle the pressure and the little details. Who can release the pressure better with the first positive moments in the match and then adapt constantly to what happens. This is very important," he said. 

Adding; "But those wins helped us a lot to bond, to grow, and to arrive with a lot of confidence. Man City is the benchmark, again they are the champions and we are the guys who want to hunt them and want to close the gap. We are the guys to challenge them and this is what we're going to do in Porto,"

Having lost to Bayern Munich in last season's finals, Tuchel further said he picked lessons, which will be important on Saturday. 

"Experience is a crucial thing in coaching and the more experience I have in coaching the better I can be. So I arrive smarter and more experienced for my personal second final, the same as for Tiago, but the situation is quite different because when we arrived last year there was not only one game to play. It was a 12-day tournament where we played two knockout games and then the final,"

"This now feels very different because we have come a long way of course with Frank [Lampard] through the group stage, and then through all the knockouts and this is a very different feeling,"

Chelsea will take a day off on Tuesday before resuming training on Wednesday ready for the eagerly awaited all-English clash.