Tuchel’s past four games vs Klopp’s Liverpool and what can help Chelsea
Thursday night’s clash between Liverpool and Chelsea will also represent the latest battle between two of Germany’s top coaches.
Thomas Tuchel and Jurgen Klopp has been relentlessly compared since the former took his first steps into management as Klopp’s replacement at Mainz.
The two have faced each other 14 times since 2009, with Tuchel’s record abysmal against the Liverpool boss, winning just twice.
But Tuchel will hope their frequent clashes will give him a helping hand as he seeks to boost Chelsea’s Champions League hopes.
Here, we look at the past four matches between Tuchel and Klopp and see what tips Chelsea can take into the tip at Anfield.
7 April 2016 – Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Liverpool
Divok Origi scored a crucial away goal in the first leg of this quarter-final tie, with Mats Hummels later equalising with a header from a corner.
Dortmund dominated possession but Klopp's tactics saw Liverpool frustrate their opponents, restricting them to few real chances.
Tuchel can look to Liverpool’s performance as a blueprint for Thursday’s game, with his strategy against Manchester United very similar in terms of seeking to frustrate their opposition.
Chelsea lined up in a deeper 3-4-3 formation against United, with the Red Devils’ electric attack kept mostly quiet – expect this to be seen again at Anfield.
14 April 2016 – Liverpool 4-3 Borussia Dortmund
In one of the great European comebacks, Liverpool came from behind to secure a spot in the Europa League semi-finals.
Goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus appeared to have won the tie for Dortmund, but Divock Origi, Philippe Coutinho and Mamadou Sakho pulled it back before Dejan Lovren’s injury time winner.
Klopp changed formation from the first leg, setting up in a 4-2-3-1, while Dortmund’s numerous missed chances that night will remind Tuchel of Chelsea’s current struggles to find the back of the net.
Dortmund’s openness at the back that night could also be shown as proof of what Chelsea need to avoid if they go ahead at Anfield and instead of pushing on, try to shut the game down.
18 September 2018 – Liverpool 3-2 Paris Saint Germain
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A Tuchel side staged their own European comeback by equalising with seven minutes left before Roberto Firmino’s late penalty handed Liverpool the three points in this Champions League group stage match.
But despite his PSG side scoring two goals, Tuchel may look to this clash as an example of the wrong balance between frustrating an opponent, but still having an attacking outlet.
Liverpool’s defence was barley threatened by the French side’s superstar attack, which contained the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.
With Chelsea similarly possessing a forward line full of top-quality attack, Tuchel will need to find a better balance than he did on this September night if the Blues are to reflect their quality with goal threat.
28 November 2018 – Paris Saint Germain 2-1 Liverpool
A complete performance from Tuchel’s men saw PSG defeat Klopp’s Liverpool in the last clash between the two managers.
Neymar and Mbappe’s high-energy display was one of the key reasons for this win, which may persuade Tuchel to return Timo Werner to his side in place of the target man presence of Olivier Giroud.
A defensive mistake from Virgil van Dijk allowed Neymar to open the scoring, and with Liverpool’s well-documented issues at the back, Tuchel could seek to target Klopp’s centre backs.
The performance of Marquinhos in midfield should also persuade Tuchel to keep the duo of Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante, with Liverpool struggling to get to the grips with PSG in the middle of the park.
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