Only 5 months were enough for German coach Thomas Tuchel, one of the most promising coaches in the world of football, to achieve the success that any coach aspires to and join the elite list among the world’s coaches.
Tochel took over at Chelsea last January, and the German coach left a wonderful imprint with the team, culminating in winning the Champions League title by beating Manchester City with a goal in a pure English final of the tournament.
Tochel, 47, the former coach of Mainz, Borussia Dortmund, and Paris Saint-Germain, has long been believed to be an exceptional student at the coaching school, but his assumption of the duties of Chelsea to save the team amid a troubled season and his success in winning the Champions League has become an achievement that culminated in his coaching career so far.
Tuchel won with Chelsea over Manchester City in 3 consecutive games despite the wonderful season of Manchester City, which headed the Premier League title.
Tuchel, who replaced Frank Lampard at Chelsea’s training last January only, said, “This sets the standard for us, and once the celebrations are over, we all absorbed this experience. It is time to grow, develop and take advantage of it to be better.”
He explained that “many of the young players achieved this tremendous success, and now the team faces a great challenge, which is to stay on its thirst and focus on the next achievement.”
Tuchel became the third German coach to win the Champions League title in the last 3 consecutive seasons, as Jürgen Klopp preceded him with Liverpool in 2019 and Hanzi Flick with Bayern Munich in 2020.
Tuchel achieved a miracle with Chelsea quickly after he led the team to win the Champions League and finished fourth in the English Premier League, as well as leading it to the FA Cup final.
Certainly, Tochel won the Champions League title with Chelsea yesterday, it seems better than if the team had won the title with Paris Saint-Germain last season, reaching the final, but then lost to Bayern Munich.
Tuchel succeeded with Chelsea in the final this season through the good employment of his compatriot Antonio Rudiger in the center of defense on the one hand, and the maximum use of his fellow countryman, Kay Havertz, in the attack, as the player represented a constant inconvenience to Manchester City’s defense and scored the only goal of the game.
Even the other German, Timo Werner, who squandered two amazing opportunities to complete a season in which he struggled in scoring, contributed greatly to Havertz’s goal with a great start to create space for his teammate.
Now, Tochel’s goal may be to win more titles with Chelsea, but the chances for the Manchavt appear to be less in the competition for the “Euro 2020” title.
On the other hand, Guardiola, who is always highly praised for his tactical abilities and genius in choosing the appropriate method of playing in the matches of the teams he coaches, may have been deceived by his tactical talent after he failed again to win the Champions League title.
During his career as coach of his former club Barcelona, Guardiola led the Catalan team to present a wonderful era based on the style of “Tiki Taka”.
This method was considered the best planning at that time, and the team won the Champions League title under Barcelona in 2009 and 2011.
But the king of strategies and plans – who once dominated Spain – now looks like a fish that came out of the water at least on the continental level.
It took Guardiola 10 years after winning his second title with Barcelona in the Champions League to reach the final of the tournament again, but this time his planning options dashed Manchester City’s hopes of winning the championship that the team had never won, but the team fought yesterday its first final in the Champions League and lost Against Chelsea.
Guardiola did not push the players Fernandino and Rodri in the middle of the field, which was a choice that raises many questions and is difficult to understand.
Of the 61 matches Manchester City played this season, the two players were in the starting line-up for 59 games.
“I tried my best in choosing the squad … I chose the best possible team to win the match,” Guardiola said.
After his era with Barcelona, Guardiola also failed to win the European title with his former club Bayern Munich over the 3 seasons he spent with the team before moving to coach Manchester City.
Bayern, under Guardiola’s leadership, is the most dominant and controlling team in the history of the German League (Bundesliga), but it came out of the Champions League semi-box for 3 consecutive seasons.
Thomas Muller – who played under Guardiola for Bayern – said the coach tends to overthink big matches and is unsure whether he will change his plans to suit the opponent or trust his philosophy.
Bayern contracted Guardiola to continue the success of the team led by coach Jupp Heynckes, who led the team to the treble (German League, German Cup and European Champions League).
The case was not much different with Manchester City, although the English club spent a lot more money than Bayern to support the team and achieve the Champions League.
Since Guardiola moved to Manchester City in July 2016, the club has spent nearly 1 billion euros on the transfer market.
More interestingly, the most expensive player contracted by the club was the Belgian Kevin De Bruyne, as the financial consideration for the deal amounted to 76 million euros. in the head.
The huge money that Manchester City spent on transfers caused the club to be suspended for two years by the European Football Association (UEFA) for violating financial fair play regulations. However, the International Court of Sport Arbitration (CAS) overturned the ruling.
Guardiola and his team may be satisfied after winning the English Premier League title in a season badly affected by the Corona pandemic. But how long will domestic glory alone be enough for the team?