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Guardiola sends message to Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel

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Pep Guardiola has praised Chelsea for reaching the Champions League final and believes Thomas Tuchel’s side ‘are a joy to watch’. Chelsea sealed a 2-0 win over Real Madrid on Wednesday evening to book their place in the final later this month, and Tuchel’s men will be up against Manchester City after they eliminated Paris Saint-Germain earlier this week. Tuchel has made an immediate impact since replacing Frank Lampard as manager at the end of January, with Chelsea now favourites to secure a top-four finish as well as being in with a chance of winning both the Champions League and the FA Cup. And Guardiola has hailed Tuchel’s approach since taking charge at Stamford Bridge.

First of all congratulations to Chelsea,’ said Guardiola. ‘They put in a good performance against the kings of the competition in Real Madrid.

‘Chelsea has done remarkably in the last period, winning games, they play good, they have always been there every year fighting for titles in Europe, it’s not a surprise. ‘I have a lot of respect for Thomas. ‘He has been in Mainz, Dortmund, PSG and now here. Every place he’s been he’s always done really well and his teams are always a joy to watch.

‘But to be more involved more inside, what they do, I can imagine but I have not been working with him so I don’t know [what he does]. ‘But the more I see, and he knows it, he’s always done really well, I am not surprised. ‘Huge compliments for what they have done so far.

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