Thomas Tuchel has revealed he isn’t as close as people think he is to Liverpool manager, Klopp
Tuchel will get a major to his Chelsea career today when he battle Jurgen Klopp who have been likened to be like an influencer to the former PSG boss considering their attacking mentality and path to glory.
Both Tuchel and Klopp saw their managerial career go through from Mainz to Borussia Dortmund before heading for other major top flight teams.
According to Tuchel, he only meets Klopp in managers’ meeting and nothing more as he responded to people likening him to the Liverpool manager.
Klopp has secured the Champions League trophy and the EPL since landing at Anfield while Tuchel has since his 9 games as Blues manager come through without suffering any defeat.
“It’s nice to be compared because he’s one of the best coaches in Europe,” Tuchel said to Skysports. “On one hand it’s nice because it tells you you’ve reached a certain level, and then at some point, it’s not nice because it does not tell the truth.
“I like him a lot and I am full of respect and we have good times when we meet in coaches’ meetings, there is no doubt about it, but we are not half as close as everybody thinks.
“And we also do not have the years in clubs where we are in exchange, or where I can really learn from him, from his coaching methods, because I was never there when he was there.”
Although Tuchel uses Klopp’s Gengen pressing pattern, but he has a different approach to this and also his ability to switch patterns multiple times in a single makes him unique as a football manager.
“I never felt really that way because we never had the chance to work with each other,” Tuchel said in response to him said to be operating under Klopp’s shade.
“So it was not like I joined the academy of Mainz, and Jurgen was there as a head coach – that never happened.
“But me being after him and people comparing us to each other because he had many, many years and left his footprints, and I was lucky to be there five years professional coach, one year in the academy, six years…
“So people comparing each other all the time gave everybody the impression that we came the same way, and then of course. following him in Dortmund made this impression even bigger.”