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The Time Pep Guardiola Expertly Broke Down Thomas Tuchel's Tactics In 37 Second Clip

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The Time Pep Guardiola Expertly Broke Down Thomas Tuchel's Tactics In 37 Second Clip

In a fascinating 37 second breakdown of Thomas Tuchel's tactics, Pep Guardiola once gave the world a glimpse into his thought process when he provided an insight into the European champions.

Manchester City extended their lead in the Premier League title race to 13 points on Saturday afternoon with an important win against second place Chelsea, as Kevin De Bruyne scored the winner with a cracking strike in the 70th minute.

Chelsea, who failed to attempt a shot in the first half - the first time they have failed to do so in a Premier League game under Thomas Tuchel - struggled to break down the league leaders for large spells.

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Guardiola nailed the tactical side of things on Saturday and in a clip ahead of last season's Champions League final against Chelsea, the Spaniard showcased his knowledge by dissecting Tuchel's style of play.

The former Barcelona boss, known for his attention to detail, gave this masterclass in a chat with Rio Ferdinand.

Guardiola told BT Sport: "Why Chelsea play so good... because they have three central defenders close, the two holding midfielders who move in relation are close, the pockets are close, the striker and the two [others in attack] are so, so close.

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"The distances are so close, and at the same time they are so wide with the wing backs, they are so good with the ball in behind.

"That's why you cannot be close because they push you [out wide] and they have a lot of good players in the middle.

"That's why it's difficult to face teams who want the ball and want to play with the ball. We've tried to do it since day one."

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Earlier this week, City boss Guardiola told the press that Tuchel is one of the few managers he "constantly learns from".

"He's so creative," he said. "One of the few managers I learn constantly from to develop as a better manager.

"[He is] excellent in all departments. I enjoyed him since he was in Mainz. I enjoy watching his teams and the way he's playing and the approach. He makes world football better.

"When you find a manager who always wants to be positive in the way they play, it's good."

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Featured Image Credit: BT Sport

Topics: Manchester City, Pep Guardiola, Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel, Premier League

Jack Kenmare
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