Thomas Tuchel says Chelsea are ready to be the ‘bad guys’ and KO Liverpool’s quadruple dream forever with FA Cup glory

THOMAS TUCHEL is ready Chelsea will be the ‘bad guys’ in Saturday’s FA Cup final.

The Blues boss agrees with claims Kop boss Jurgen Klopp got the country to back his quad pursuit team.

Thomas Tuchel is determined to end Liverpool's bid for a quadruple


Thomas Tuchel is determined to end Liverpool’s bid for a quadrupleCredit: Alamy
Tuchel assesses Jürgen Klopp's charisma "the whole country loves Liverpool"


Tuchel believes Jurgen Klopp’s charisma means ‘the whole country loves Liverpool’Photo credit: Getty

The two Germans take on each other at Wembley and Tuchel reckons he and Chelsea will face Klopp’s strong personality as much as his players.

Tuchel said: “Klopp is a fantastic guy, a fun guy, one of the very best coaches in the world and he does that.

“When he coached Dortmund, the whole country loved Dortmund.

“So now he’s coaching Liverpool and you feel like the whole country loves Liverpool.

“It’s a big, big, big honor for him and that’s something you have to deal with when you play him.

“It’s always like that, but it’s always fun and if we’re the bad guys tomorrow, then that’s no problem.

“Forty-nine or forty percent, then no problem. We’re taking on that role, we don’t want the sympathy of the country tomorrow, we want the trophy.”

Manchester City manager Guardiola was the first to propose Liverpool as the people’s champions and Tuchel agrees.


He added: “If, like Pep, you’ve been fighting this for many, many years, I can understand the comment that it feels that way. I would say it’s hard to really do anything about it.

“There is a lot of sympathy for Liverpool in this country. They work hard for it and no offense. I can understand what he means.

“Klopp is the master of being the underdog. He can tell you they’re the underdogs against Villarreal and against Benfica and it’s a wonder, a wonder they even draw against them.

“He does this all the time. That’s part of it, that’s where the sympathy comes from. There is nothing to be jealous of.

“You have to fight back against that. Just be confident, do your thing and don’t let yourself be influenced.

“I was the guy behind him in Dortmund. I have nothing but the utmost respect for him for what he does. But he is very charismatic.

Tuchel and Klopp know each other well from their time in the Bundesliga


Tuchel and Klopp know each other well from their time in the BundesligaPhoto credit: AFP

“My players have to oppose it and I have to oppose it. It’s always like this. Not just on the field, but on the side. We don’t let anyone bully us. It is not possible.”

Chelsea are longing for the 11-10 Carabao Cup final loss to Liverpool in February’s dramatic death penalty shootout.

Tuchel confirmed exclusively from SunSport that key midfielder Mateo Kovacic is winning his fitness battle despite suffering ankle ligament damage at Leeds just three days ago.

Tuchel revealed: “The medical department gave the green light for an attempt. The tape is broken. There is no new injury, but there is severe pain and it is very swollen. We hope that maybe there will be enough time and that he will make it.”

N’Golo Kante is also hoping to play a role after missing the last three games.

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Chelsea are determined to end a run of two straight defeats in the famous old cup and Tuchel said: “The FA Cup is one of the most storied competitions.

“Having a chance to win it, playing the final at Wembley and having two clubs that big is huge for me.” Thomas Tuchel says Chelsea are ready to be the ‘bad guys’ and KO Liverpool’s quadruple dream forever with FA Cup glory

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