Rio Ferdinand sends Pep Guardiola warning over Thomas Tuchel ahead of Man City vs Chelsea

Manchester City take on Chelsea in their first Champions League final on 29 May

Rio Ferdinand thinks Thomas Tuchel could be the only manager on the planet to “have Pep Guardiola’s number” ahead of this month’s Champions League final. 

Man City will play Chelsea in the final of the prestigious European competitions later in May, but the recent games between the two Premier League rivals have left Rio Ferdinand with a feeling.

The London side have beaten City in their last previous meetings – both recently – with Tuchel’s side obtaining a comeback victory on Saturday evening at the Etihad Stadium, as well as 1-0 win in the FA Cup semi-final last month.

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Ferdinand thinks that Tuchel, who has been a revelation at Stamford Bridge since taking over from Frank Lampard in January, could have the upper hand on City boss Guardiola.

“It seems Tuchel has his number at the moment. If there is one manager on the planet, then Tuchel is that guy,” the former Manchester United defender said on BT Sport.

“Will there be a bit of a carry over from those two results? I think there will, yeah.

“There will be an underlying uncertainty, there will not be a pure 100% conviction that they have going into every game usually.

“The only thing I’d say about Chelsea, what he’s been able to do against the top teams and in the Champions League, he’s made teams alter the way they play against them.

“He’s made it scruffy at times, they’re a hard team to play against, they’re rough, ready, aggressive, quick in transitions, they’re not an easy team to turn over.

“Pep knows he’s in for a game this time and tactically Tuchel is an astute manager.”