- Pep Guardiola faces Thomas Tuchel in the Premier League this weekend
- The game will serve as a dress rehearsal for their Champions League final this month
- The Blues will need to win the game to consolidate their fourth position on the table
- Guardiola has now showered encomiums on the German boss for his impact in his team
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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has commended Chelsea under the tutelage of Thomas Tuchel after reaching the Champions League final this season.
The Blues dispatched Real Madrid 3-1 on aggregate after their semifinal fixtures to set up an all-English final in Istanbul later this month.
Chelsea became formidable again after hiring the German boss as a replacement for Frank Lampard in January.
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The former Borussia Dortmund handler has also guided the London club to the final of the FA Cup where they face Leicester City and Pep says he has nothing but respect for Tuchel. Guardiola was quoted by Metro UK saying:
"First of all congratulations to Chelsea. They put in a good performance against the kings of the competition in Real Madrid.
"Chelsea has done remarkably in the last period, winning games, they play good, they have always been there every year fighting for titles in Europe, it’s not a surprise.
"I have a lot of respect for Thomas. He has been in Mainz, Dortmund, PSG, and now here. Every place he’s been he’s always done really well and his teams are always a joy to watch.
"But to be more involved more inside, what they do, I can imagine but I have not been working with him so I don’t know [what he does].
"But the more I see, and he knows it, he’s always done really well, I am not surprised. ‘Huge compliments for what they have done so far."
Man City host Chelsea to Etihad Stadium for their Premier League clash and it will serve as a dress rehearsal for both teams ahead of their Champions League final match later this month.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Chelsea players have got all the motivation they needed to win their second Champions League title when they face fellow Premier League club Manchester City in Istanbul later this month.
The Blues dispatched 13th-time champions Real Madrid 3-1 on aggregate in the semifinals despite starting the season on a poor note under former boss Frank Lampard.
Thomas Tuchel's men have now been promised a staggering £5 million to bring the trophy to Stamford Bridge.