Manchester City remain the benchmark for Chelsea, says Tuchel ahead of ‘six-pointer’ gap

By Obiajulu Chiagoziem

Chelsea is set to host Manchester City premier league champions in London ahead of Saturday’s game.

According to Thomas Tuchel, Manchester City remain the benchmark for his side in their pursuit of the Premier League title, ahead of Saturday’s meeting at Stamford Bridge.

Both teams are now meeting since their last encounter in champions league finals where Chelsea’s Kai Havertz’s only goal gave the blues the win to clinch the champions league trophy last season.

Chelsea have beaten Manchester City thrice in different competition last season and tomorrow’s game may not be an exception.

Chelsea’s boss Tuchel during his interview against tomorrow’s games said “It’s a six-pointer between two teams who are rivals for the top four or the best outcome possible,”.

“Any team can, of course, steal three points from a direct competitor. Does it change anything? No, but there’s no need to play it down.

“We could play a draw, though. Things will be tough and I mean that. They are the benchmark for many years now and I am very happy we’re able to produce this kind of performance and result consistently. 

“We need to prove we can deliver with the same consistency. City remain the benchmark. We have to stay hungry and close the gap. This is what we have to do for 90 minutes. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

If Chelsea should win tomorrow’s game, it’ll be a six points gap to Manchester City.

“We are aware of the situation but I don’t think it will provide any extra motivation for us,” he said. “If it was three games before the end of the season, maybe”, Tuchel continued.

“We need to be at our best, best level and that does not change. This is what I feel and it’s what is important. 

“In the last three matches against them, we isolated the situation and if we wanted to compete with them in a 50/50 match, we needed out top level.

“It doesn’t matter how many points we have and they have. Tomorrow against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge, it’s on. And we need to be fully on.”

Going further,Tuchel added: “Let’s be honest, if we win tomorrow we will not be champions and if City win tomorrow we will not be champions and we won’t be in depression.

“It’s an important match, a big match that we like to be involved in, and the situation we face this match is a good one because we feel ready for this kind of competition.” he concluded.