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Manchester City extended their lead in the Premier League title race to 13 points on Saturday afternoon with an important win against second place Chelsea, as Kevin De Bruyne scored the winner with a cracking strike in the 70th minute.
Chelsea, who failed to attempt a shot in the first half - the first time they have failed to do so in a Premier League game under Thomas Tuchel - struggled to break down the league leaders for large spells.
PEP 💬 We can't forget the team we played. European champion. And on the touchline you realise how incredible they are. They wait for the transition to punish us. How good they defend, we create enough chances to win. We had the intention to win the game from minute one. pic.twitter.com/meuoSCQlbv— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 15, 2022
Guardiola nailed the tactical side of things on Saturday and in a clip ahead of last season's Champions League final against Chelsea, the Spaniard showcased his knowledge by dissecting Tuchel's style of play.
The former Barcelona boss, known for his attention to detail, gave this masterclass in a chat with Rio Ferdinand.
Pep just broke down the Chelsea tactics, I’m sh*tting breaks right pic.twitter.com/ztVBXgSOov— 21 - Moh (@IceChillly) May 28, 2021
Guardiola told BT Sport: "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."
12 - Manchester City have won each of their last 12 Premier League games; the ninth run of 12+ successive victories in the competition’s history, with the Citizens now responsible for four of those (and all under Pep Guardiola). Juggernaut. pic.twitter.com/xWT0lZpfCi— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 15, 2022
Earlier this week, City boss Guardiola told the press that Tuchel is one of the few managers he "constantly learns from".
"He's so creative," he said. "One of the few managers I learn constantly from to develop as a better manager.
"[He is] excellent in all departments. I enjoyed him since he was in Mainz. I enjoy watching his teams and the way he's playing and the approach. He makes world football better.
"When you find a manager who always wants to be positive in the way they play, it's good."
Pep Guardiola with the highest of praise for Thomas Tuchel 🥰🙌 pic.twitter.com/vRCCsPxSlA— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 15, 2022
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