Hakim Ziyech scored the only goal of the game as the Blues deservedly beat the Premier League leaders 1-0 in a tight FA Cup semi-final at Wembley
All the talk ahead of kick-off in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley had been about Manchester City’s quadruple bid but by the time the full-time whistle had blown, Chelsea proved that they can beat Pep Guardiola’s side.
And that’s all down to one man: Thomas Tuchel.
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Before this fully deserved 1-0 victory, the German had never previously got the better of Guardiola as a coach.
When the pair had previously squared off in Germany, they were never quite competing on a level playing field, even after Tuchel had swapped Mainz for Borussia Dortmund. There was just no stopping Guardiola’s Bayern Munich.
However, Tuchel has since moved on to bigger and better things, taking Paris Saint-Germain to a first Champions League final last year before being appointed as Frank Lampard’s successor in January.
As at the Parc des Princes, Tuchel now has the resources to rival those of Guardiola at City, and he has now shown himself capable of making a major impression on English football.
He’s already had a massive impact at Stamford Bridge, of course, losing just two of his first 19 games in charge of Chelsea. And just this week, he led his new team to the semi-finals of the Champions League, meaning the Blues could yet meet City again this season, with a European Cup on the line.