In an effort to go ‘all-in’ in the Champions League final, Manchester City have essentially gone on holiday in the week leading up to the game. Today, for the first time since Monday, the Cityzens are back at work, with the players due back on Wednesday to prepare once again for the final. That means that, at least for a couple of days, the spotlight has been on the players who have been left behind.
Phil Foden rates Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea ahead of UCL final
It’s time for the biggest game of the season: the Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea. Arsenal and Tottenham have suffered their respective upsets in the Premier League, while the final is a rematch of the 2017-18 FA Cup final in which Chelsea beat City on penalties.
Manchester City star Phil Foden is impressed with Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea (Photo: Getty).
Manchester City’s Phil Foden fears the threat of Chelsea ahead of the Champions League final and believes the Blues have become a strong team under Thomas Tuchel.
Premier League rivals City and Chelsea meet in the European Cup final on Saturday. Pep Guardiola’s side will be looking to win this match for the first time and the London club will be looking for their second title.
Chelsea’s season under former manager Frank Lampard threatened to derail as they slumped to ninth place in the Premier League in January, but Tuchel’s arrival has provided an impressive revival.
Despite losing against Aston Villa on the final day of the season, the Blues finished fourth and qualified for the Champions League and the FA Cup final, which they lost to Leicester City earlier this month.
Chelsea have beaten Manchester City twice in the past six weeks – once in the Premier League and once in the FA Cup – and Foden insists the Blues pose a real challenge ahead of this weekend’s Champions League encounter.
Since he [Thomas Tuchel] has been here, they have become such a strong team, they have hardly ever lost and of course they beat us recently, Foden told UEFA.
So we know what they are and it will be a big test in the final, but it’s only one game, anything can happen.
My family keep saying they can’t believe I’m going to play in the Champions League final.
Foden had an excellent season at the Etihad, scoring 18 goals and 10 assists in all competitions, helping Man City win the Premier League title and the EFL Cup.
Another major trophy could be in the offing for the England star, who is enjoying playing under prolific coach Guardiola.
Everyone knows he’s one of the best coaches on the field, Foden added.
Playing under him is special, and not just with me, with everyone; he lets them go, he just loves to play in the back and play beautiful football.
Thomas Tuchel faces Pep Guardiola in the Champions League final in 2021 (Photo: Getty)
He fits my style very well and I’m just happy to keep working with him and improving.
I saw Barcelona as a child: It was incredible. The way he organized them and the way they played one- and two-touch football was incredible, and I never thought he would be my coach one day.
I remember always watching it with my dad and thinking: Wow! What a team they are and what a coach they have!
He has tried to bring that kind of football here and it seems to be working.
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