Thomas Tuchel: Man City are Europe's benchmark side

Thomas Tuchel: Man City are Europe's benchmark side

In Saturday's FA Cup semi-final, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel acknowledges his team will be up against Europe's "benchmark" side as they attempt to end Manchester City's hunt for an unparalleled quadruple.

The two teams will face off in the first of the last-four ties, with the winner facing either Leicester or Southampton in the final at Wembley on May 15.

City also lead the Premier League, have qualified for the Champions League's last four, and will play Spurs in the Carabao Cup final the following weekend at the national stadium.

Tuchel, who will be in charge of a match at Wembley for the first time and looking for his first managerial victory over Pep Guardiola, acknowledges that there is a "division" between the two teams, but believes his side can win in a one-off game.


“We have to admit there is a gap but for 90 minutes we are very self-aware and very self-confident that we believe we can close the gap…for one game,” he said.

“And this is the target for (Saturday).

“I arrive happy to compete against the benchmark in England and Europe.

“We want the momentum of football on our side, and to play at the top level it’s not to force things, and we’ll need a bit of luck.”

Mateo Kovacic is out with a hamstring injury, but N'Golo Kante is available, and Pep Guardiola has revealed that number two goalkeeper Zack Steffen will start in place of Ederson.

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