This weekend sees one of English football’s most vitriolic clashes played out: Liverpool v Chelsea. The Reds ‘welcome’ the West London Blues with both sides having identical records from their first two games. The atmosphere could make all the difference. Here is what Thomas Tuchel has said about Anfield in the past ahead of Liverpool v Chelsea this weekend.
Liverpool v Chelsea
This is one of those games you just hate to lose.
You hate to lose it because you just hate the opposition.
Over the past couple of decades the rivalry between Liverpool and Chelsea has intensified.
The Jose Mourinho v Rafael Benitez era is particularly responsible for the freezing of relations with a litany of epic encounters played out in the 00s.
You can bet your bottom dollar that we’ll hear Luis Garcia’s name sung on Saturday evening.
Thomas Tuchel on Anfield
In the past the Chelsea boss has lost two pretty big games against Liverpool.
The German coach was in charge of Borussia Dortmund when they fell to a 4-3 defeat in the Europa League with a last gasp Dejan Lovren header sealing things.
He was also at the helm when Roberto Firmino struck late to give the Reds a 3-2 Champions League group stage win over PSG.
Speaking after the Dortmund defeat the current Chelsea boss said the Reds’ players were “at a certain point they were completely driven by emotion.”
Following the PSG loss Thomas Tuchel once again spoke about the Anfield atmosphere, telling reporters:
“This is Anfield, this is what they do…For me, the result was not logical or correct. We conceded two goals in the first half but never at any point did we lose our confidence.
“Maybe in the second half we gave the ball away too easily but this is Anfield, Jurgen Klopp has worked with his team for three years, Liverpool press you and make it hard.”
What RTK has to say
‘But the Anfield atmosphere is a myth’ cries some random fan of a bottom half side who has been here once for a 12:30pm KO on a Saturday morning when the Reds went 2-0 up inside 20 minutes then just kept the ball for the rest of the game.
This weekend Thomas Tuchel must be well aware of the difference the Anfield atmosphere could make to this game.
If Kopites can generate a raucous noise inside the ground then we could see the scales tip in our favour.
This is a potential title decider, it’s time to get loud.