Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has refused to be drawn on whether he is a better manager than Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola before their crunch clash at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Guardiola is widely thought to be one of best managers in the world, but Tuchel has beaten Guardiola on each of their three meetings since becoming Blues boss in January.
Their last meeting was held in May in the Champions League final. Chelsea won 1-0 in Porto after Kai Havertz’s goal late in the first period.
After winning four of their first five fixtures, Tuchel hopes to win this weekend.
Recently, reports have circulated that the former PSG boss is in a feud with Guardiola in the build-up to the game, but Tuchel has put the rumours to bed very quickly.
Speaking on Friday ahead of the match he described as a “six-pointer”, via BBC Sport, the 48-year-old said: “I have the highest respect for Pep.”
The German was then quizzed on whether he believed he was a better coach than Guardiola, to which he replied: “This question does not even exist for me and I can’t answer it.
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“It’s a question for you guys and you can endlessly debate.
“I am a huge admirer for the impact he had from his first day of his professional coaching – the impact at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City. He has my greatest respect.
“There is no reason to ask myself if I am a better coach. I do the best I can, I am in a place I am very happy, and I am a better coach today than yesterday.”
The last time City and Chelsea met in the Premier League the London side snatched all three points in the dying embers of the game.
Marcos Alonso, left wingback, scored a winner in the 92nd minute with a misshit strike that looped past Ederson in goal.
Looking back at the past three encounters, Tuchel said: “If I look at it honestly I see the last three games as three 50-50 matches,
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“We want to fight hard to be the guys who have a better outcome.
“We have done it many times with this group and we are well aware of the pain we went through in these matches.
“If we win tomorrow we will not be crowned as champions, and if City win they will not be champions and we will not be in depression.”
The two teams will be facing off at Stamford Bridge Saturday lunchtime. Chelsea hopes to remain unbeaten and move to the top of the table.