Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has already got the better of his Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola three times since coming to English football at the start of 2021
Thomas Tuchel is ready to make a “massive” statement in this season’s title race.
Chelsea go head-to-head with City in Saturday lunchtime’s high noon shoot-out at Stamford Bridge with Tuchel looking to beat Guardiola for a fourth consecutive time.
After taking over at Chelsea last January, Tuchel beat City at the Etihad in the Premier League, beat them in the FA Cup semi final and then, most significantly of all, in the Champions League final in May.
Chelsea defender Trevoh Chalobah warned that City will carry a big “danger” as Guardiola’s men look for revenge but this is also a chance for the challengers to lay down a marker for the reigning champions.
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Chalobah said: “It’s very important, it’s massive for us because of where we both are in the league right now.
“I think we’ve done well in big games this season against big opponents and it’s another chance for us to go out there and show what we’ve got, what we’re about and the way we’ve started this season, we should go into the game full of confidence.
“They’re a very good side, full of quality players and we know the dangers they can cause but we’ll be ready for them.
“But we’re very confident, full of belief with the quality players that we have. We go into every game, no matter who we play, ready to be ruthless in front of goal and defending our box as well and I think we’ve done that very well so far this year.”
Tuchel has made such an impression at Stamford Bridge that it is easy to forget that this is the manager who took charge just eight months ago.
The German won the Champions League but is now undoubtedly eyeing the Premier League title and, after signing Romelu Lukaku for £97.5m in the summer, Chelsea could prove to be City’s closest challengers.
Chelsea have strength in depth with Chalobah insisting the mindset in the dressing room is not jury trying to win one trophy but going for everything this season.
They have City followed by Juventus in the Champions League and, even with players missing, they have strong cover highlighted by Kepa Arrizabalaga stepping in for Edouard Mendy and being a hero in the penalty shoot-out win over Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup.
Chalobah said: “We want to win every game, be in contention for every cup this season, we want to try and win everything. That’s our mentality and it’s good that we won in the cup and now we can focus for the weekend.
“With Kepa, he shows the right mentality. Every day he comes into training with a smile on his face, he’s always helping the boys by putting everything into training and even on the bench he’s screaming encouragement to the pitch, helping the boys out and supporting us all.
“That’s what you call a team player really. When he is needed, he’s always ready to do the job and gets it done. He’s had two penalty shoot-outs this season, done brilliant and won them both.
“That just shows that every player in this squad is important to the manager, to the team and it doesn’t matter if they’re playing or not. The manager just asks for us all to be ready… and we’re always ready.
“That’s my aim. I’ve got to show the manager, work hard in training every day and show the manager. I’ve got to give him that trust so he is ready to play me.
“I’ll be ready no matter what, I’ll always be ready to play and always ready to come on and play when needed. I see it that when I do get the chance to play, it’s also my chance to impress.”