Thomas Tuchel says he feels the ‘hunger’ in his side to become Champions of Europe for a second time in the clubs history, saying that Saturday’s final could come down to which side ‘wants it’ the most.
The German has overseen an impressive turnaround in fortunes since taking over at Chelsea in January, steering the club to a top four finish and the Champions League final.
This weekend’s fixture in Porto will see the west London side come up against Premier League champions, Manchester City, a side they have beaten twice in the last six weeks.
Tuchel’s side are however the underdogs going into the showpiece event in Porto, though the German has predicted that the game could be decided by the side with the greatest desire.
“I have full trust that everybody wants it it is about hunger and always on the highest level in sport it comes down to how bad do you want it?” he said at his pre-match press conference in Portugal. “I have felt we are very concentrated, focussed and disciplined in the build-up this week.
“It’s very nice to feel confident arriving in a final. We had two training sessions in London – one yesterday was tactical and today the last training session to get the last feeling and the last ideas and get a feeling for the stadium and feel, it smell it. The occasion is coming closer. From dinner today we will have a countdown to the big match.”
The German – who reached the final of last year’s competition with PSG – will go up against a man regarded as one of the world’s finest coaches and two time winner, Pep Guardiola.
“I will never suggest that its me against Pep,” he said. “We don’t have a match of tennis tomorrow. Pep will prepare his team and I will prepare mine in the best way possible.
“We have had two experiences in two different competitions against City. Two different matches with two different lineups. We have the experience of how brave and courageous we need to play in certain areas of the game. It’s always tough to play against City, Bayern or Barcelona when Pep is on the sideline. He creates huge belief and success and has a huge winning mentality.
“Maybe in the moment they are the strongest team in Europe in the world and they have built a huge gap between us in the league but we closed the gap for 90 minutes in Wembley and closed the gap again in Manchester.”