Chelsea will be brimming with ‘self-confidence’ against Manchester City in the Champions League final – having already denied Pep Guardiola’s side of one trophy this season.
That’s the message fromboss Thomas Tuchel after he continued his stunning turnaround of the club’s fortunes by giding them to the showpiece final.
Timo Werner and Mason Mount’s goals sunk Real Madrid 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in Wednesday’s semi-final second leg, for a 3-1 aggregate victory.
It set up a mouthwatering clash with Man City on 29 May in Istanbul, after Guardiola’s side triumphed over PSG 24 hours earlier.
City are firm favourites to lift their first Champions League crown, but with Tuchel having steered Chelsea to a 1-0 FA Cup semi-final win over their Premier League rivals, the German coach insists they will head to Turkey in a positive frame of mind.
Asked if the FA Cup win over City gives Chelsea an edge, Tuchel said: “No, not the upper hand but it gives us a good feeling, and self-confidence.
“We played that semi-final on the edge, and we used it.
“Bayern Munich and Manchester City are the benchmark across Europe, and we want to close that gap, which we managed in a one-off performance in that FA Cup match.
“And we’ll need to do that again.
“It is the highest level we can face against Man City.
“And we have these huge challenges in the Premier League that keep coming.
“So yes, we will arrive with self confidence and with a positive energy in Istanbul.
“We will arrive in Istanbul to win not to be one of the participants. We arrive with a clear focus to win.”
In an added twist, the two teams face each other in Premier League action on Saturday.
City could clinch their third title in four years, while Chelsea are desperate for the points to seal a top four finish, with West Ham and Liverpool breathing down their necks.
Tuchel has overseen a remarkable run of form since taking over from Frank Lampard, with Chelsea languishing in ninth spot when he came to Stamford Bridge in January.