Thomas Tuchel can match Jose Mourinho’s brilliant start at Chelsea with win or draw at Liverpool – but he has very pool record against Jurgen Klopp
Thomas Tuchel can emulate Jose Mourinho if Chelsea avoid defeat to Liverpool tonight – although his record against Jurgen Klopp isn’t all that good. The German has made a positive start to life at Stamford Bridge – he’s yet to experience defeat in his new job, winning six and drawing three in all competitions. He’s […]
Thomas Tuchel can emulate Jose Mourinho if Chelsea avoid defeat to Liverpool tonight – although his record against Jurgen Klopp isn’t all that good.
The German has made a positive start to life at Stamford Bridge – he’s yet to experience defeat in his new job, winning six and drawing three in all competitions.
He’s brought Chelsea right back into contention to finish in the Champions League spots and a result at Anfield will see them break in the top four. They’re also going well in the FA Cup and Champions League this term.
There are shades of the club’s greatest ever manager in Tuchel, as Mourinho went unbeaten in his first ten matches in charge during his first spell in west London.
Mourinho isn’t the benchmark for strong starts at Chelsea though. That record belongs to Luiz Felipe Scolari, who went 12 matches unbeaten at the start of his brief and unsuccessful stint.
Chelsea fans will obviously hope Tuchel is more Jose than Scolari, but in order to equal the Portuguese’s feat, he must get a result against a manager he has a poor record against in his fellow countryman Klopp.
Tuchel won the last time the two German managers locked horns when previous club Paris Saint-Germain beat Liverpool in the Champions League group stage at the Parc des Princes in November 2018.
However, over the years the clashes have very much gone the way of Klopp.
Some of his most notable victories over Tuchel saw Liverpool beat PSG at Anfield earlier in the same campaign, as well as a dramatic 4-3 triumph over Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League quarter-finals in April 2016.
The only other time Tuchel defeated Klopp came nearly 11 years ago when his Mainz side beat Klopp’s Dortmund in the Bundesliga in April 2010.
Thomas Tuchel against Jurgen Klopp
Tuchel and Klopp’s careers have intertwined plenty of times in their native Germany, but the Chelsea boss revealed the duo do not know each other as well as many people think.
“Of course we know each other but maybe not as well as everyone expects,” Tuchel said.
“I joined the Mainz academy but this was exactly the year he left, so we never met in Mainz actually.
“Then I was his successor in Dortmund, so we did also naturally not meet.
“And of course we meet when there’s a farewell game for a player we both coached in Mainz, then we meet and sit together and talk. It’s a lot of fun to talk to him – he’s super interesting.
“We meet at coaches’ meetings, at UEFA meetings, and we use the time to have lunch or dinner together around these meetings.
“He’s always super funny and very, very interesting. But it’s not as close as it seems, maybe.”