Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has revealed that the UEFA Champions League’s loss to Manchester United left him in ‘a dark place’.
PSG bounced back and won the Ligue 1 title before Tuchel led them to a Champions League final defeat against Bayern Munich last season.
Former Paris Saint Germain coach sets to reignite their rivalry on Sunday with United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Tuchel will guide Chelsea against United at Stamford Bridge in the 26th Premier League match.
Tuchel seeks to avenge that painful loss against United when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side visits Stamford Bridge. The duel will be the fifth time in just over two years that Tuchel has faced United.
PSG took a 2-0 away victory to Parc des Princes for the second leg. Three weeks later, they exited the last 16 on an away goal rule. They conceded a penalty in stoppage-time to suffer a 3-1 defeat.
“I can be very honest, after that match I was two days in a very dark place and I can tell you I was not able to speak to anybody and to think about anything else than this defeat,” Tuchel revealed.
“That maybe was the worst defeat that I experienced because it came from nowhere. It was, in a way, in the circumstances that it arrived. I was for two days in a dark place for a coach to be at,” he added.
The experience proved a lesson as Tuchel led PSG to a Champions League final defeat against Bayern Munich last season.
“I didn’t experience anything like this ever again or before,” Tuchel said.
Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sweats on four Manchester United injury concerns ahead of the Chelsea clash.
When asked about James’ injury on Thursday night, he said, “Dan James we will have to check on him tonight. And Scott, Donny, Edinson we hope they can be available for the weekend,”
Chelsea is unbeaten since sacking Frank Lampard in January. Tuchel must beat United to keep in touch in the top four race. While the visitors need a win to maintain their faint hopes of catching leaders the Manchester City but fitness challenge still hits them.