Guardiola is looking to bag the coveted Champions League for the first time as Man City manager.
His star-studded side face Chelsea in Porto and the Spaniard has praised his opposite number Thomas Tuchel - even breaking down the German's playing style in a riveting video.
Pep just broke down the Chelsea tactics, I'm sh*tting breaks right pic.twitter.com/ztVBXgSOov- (@CFCNar) May 28, 2021
Speaking to BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand, he explained: "Why Chelsea play so good... because they have three central defenders close, the two holding midfielders who move in relation are close, the pockets are close, the striker and the two [others in attack] are so, so close.
"The distances are so close, and at the same time they are so wide with the wing backs, they are so good with the ball in behind.
"That's why you cannot be close because they push you [out wide] and they have a lot of good players in the middle.
"That's why it's difficult to face teams who want the ball and want to play with the ball. We've tried to do it since day one."
Asked about Tuchel's impact at Stamford Bridge, Guardiola replied: "I think it's massive.
"I saw the first game he had against Wolves, it was a draw but I saw already some routines, some mental processes when I faced them in Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.
"I knew he would do it quick and good here at Chelsea."
Since taking charge of Chelsea, Tuchel has got the better of Guardiola on two occasions.
His team beat Guardiola's charges away from home in the Premier League then knocked them out of the FA Cup.
Will Tuchel make it 3-0 over Guardiola this season?
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