Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel feels his side are unlikely to find much support among neutrals when they face Liverpool in the FA Cup final on Saturday, but said they don’t mind be the “bad guys” as long as they lifted the trophy.
Tuchel’s comments come days after Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola claimed ‘everyone’ in England is backing Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool as the two sides battle it out for the Premier League title.
“(Klopp) is the master of being the underdog. He can convince you to be the underdog against Villarreal and against Benfica, and it’s a miracle they even draw against them,” Tuchel said .
“He does it all the time. That’s part of where the sympathy comes from.”
Chelsea, third in the league, will try to avenge their League Cup final loss to Liverpool earlier this season and also avoid losing three consecutive FA Cup finals.
“There’s nothing to be jealous about – Kloppo is a fantastic guy. When he was coaching Dortmund the whole country loved Dortmund. Now he’s coaching Liverpool and you get the feeling the whole country loves Liverpool,” Tuchel added .
“If we are the bad guys tomorrow, then no problem. We take on that role. We don’t want to have the sympathy of the country tomorrow – we want to have the trophy.”
Liverpool, trailing league leaders City by three points with two games remaining, are chasing a quadruple of trophies after also reaching the Champions League final.
Tuchel said Chelsea had had enough of them to deny Liverpool a first FA Cup title in 16 years.
“They allow chances. We’ve proven that – we had big chances in the League Cup final… it’s very difficult to exploit those spaces because you need perfect timing. But you can find chances. solutions if you have a perfect day.”