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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said Thomas Tuchel’s good start to Chelsea’s reign came as no surprise, adding that he knew the German gaffer all too well.

Tuchel became Chelsea manager at the end of January following the dismissal of Frank Lampard.

The former Borussia Dortmund manager managed to guide Chelsea to the Champions League and FA Cup semi-finals.

Tuchel failed to register a victory over Guardiola while the Spaniard was at Bayern Munich and in charge at Mainz and Borussia Dortmund, but the former Barcelona manager said he never doubts that his counterpart would succeed at Chelsea.

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“I know him from Mainz,” Guardiola told reporters on Friday.

“When I was in Munich after he went to Dortmund and spent a game or two playing exactly the way he wanted.

“It was difficult to take over a team during the season, but he has a lot of experience in winning at a big club like PSG and now another club at Chelsea.

“I knew from the start that he would do a good job.

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“” Every coach plays as he plays, “Guardiola added of Tuchel’s style of football.

“Frank did an incredible job in the first season when he couldn’t sign any players and qualified for the Champions League.

“I admire both as a person and as a manager. Tomorrow we face Thomas. “He knows how much I admire him and how good he is as a manager. It will be a good battle.

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