Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel claims he is not as close to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp as some believe, but he holds him in high regard.
According to Thomas Tuchel, the task of pitting his wits against Jurgen Klopp’s brilliance has gotten him out of bed early.
On Thursday, with both teams battling for a top-four finish Tuchel’s Chelsea will face Klopp’s reigning Premier League champions Liverpool at Anfield.
“It brings me out of bed early because it is a challenge for me to play against him,” he told a news conference.
“He is a genius but, in the end, we will not meet up for a game of tennis, we play with our teams and we have to be prepared.”
“Jurgen has proved to be outstanding, he transforms any club into a unit and at all the three clubs he has worked at he has been a big part of them, with the heart of the fans. He is a huge success.”
“He has done that now abroad in the most difficult league and transformed Liverpool into a winning machine and a team that are super hard to play against. It is a union between his players and him and this is what you face when you play against him.”
“It is similar to Diego Simeone and the group of players at Atletico, they are really together and like I said, it is a big challenge, but we are up for the challenge.”