Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has revealed that he spoke to Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola about the Premier League – though did not get their advice before moving to the London club.
The German coach replaced Lampard in January and has enjoyed a good run of form since taking over, yet to taste any defeat, though he faces a huge task on Thursday with an away trip to face Liverpool at Anfield.
Tuchel knows Klopp well, having managed at two of his former teams Mainz and Dortmund, though he says he did not need any advice from his peers when it came to choosing to join the blues.
Asked if he spoke to Klopp before choosing Chelsea and what he might expect, Tuchel said: ‘No, it was pretty clear what I expected from the Premier League.
‘I mean, I was talking to him and talking to Pep regularly and got their feelings about it when we would meet when I was the coach in Dortmund and in Paris and we’d meet in the Champions League or at [Uefa] coach’s meetings.
‘The feedback was always pretty clear and so I stepped into this adventure without his advice.
‘If I called him I hoped he would have called me back, because he does not want to play against me but I’m not sure! No, I’m just joking! ‘It’s nice to meet him, it’s always nice to meet him. It’s super hard to play against him and his teams.
- Haaland rules out Chelsea transfer as Dortmund star leans towards Man City, Man Utd
- Rashford clashes with Maguire during Man Utd’s draw vs Crystal Palace
- Jonas Hofmann drops hint over Chelsea transfer move
‘For me Liverpool with Jurgen and Manchester City with Pep are the two teams who are the benchmark, the teams we have to close the gap to.
‘This is our target and we are fighting hard for this. And I don’t feel like I fight alone. I have a strong club behind me, and a strong team at my side, so it feels good.’