Florent Malouda makes bold Thomas Tuchel claim ahead of Man City vs Chelsea in Premier League

 

Former Chelsea star Florent Malouda has backed the Blues to do the business this weekend in the Premier League title clash against Manchester City but, at the same time, has aimed a sly jibe at Thomas Tuchel. The Blues enter this contest at the Etihad Stadium looking to reignite their title charge that took major hits during a December that saw the squad decimated with injuries.

However, things are looking a little more rosy at present, as summed up with the Carabao Cup victory on Wednesday night against Spurs as Tuchel looks forward to his fourth final already in his first 12 months in charge. Despite the tight 1-0 victory on the night, Tuchel still expects a lot of improvement on Saturday if his side are to pick up a vital three points in Manchester.

"I think we started well, created chances, scored and then had even more confidence. We played a very good 30/35 minutes," Tuchel said in his post-match press conference after Spurs. "We lost a bit of control, focus, some important duels and were lucky that suddenly we didn't concede. We were a bit sloppy and weren't fully aware of the danger. I had the feeling on the touchline we were playing with fire. "Second half again, strong start for 15 minutes but again the same story. We conceded a penalty that wasn't a penalty or a big chance. We struggled to cope with the momentum."

In spite of this admission ahead of a crunch clash at the top, Malouda has dismissed these worries when delivering his verdict on what he expects to happen when the two sides meet. Malouda, who spent six years at Chelsea and won six trophies during his time at Stamford Bridge, backs his former side to go and do the business despite the red hot form shown by Pep Guardiola's side this season.

“I can see Chelsea winning against Manchester City,” Malouda told William Hill. “If they want to bridge the gap then they need to beat the best, and there’s nothing to lose now in this game. It’s an opportunity to go out and beat City and keep the title challenge alive. “If you look at (Thomas) Tuchel’s record against Pep (Guardiola) , it shows he has the right formula, and he knows how to beat City. I think they can beat them this weekend. To be honest, I can see it being a crazy game, and I’m going to say Chelsea can win 4-3!”

While the Frenchman is a big admirer of this current City team, he also claimed that he thinks the Chelsea side he played in would have defeated Guardiola’s men due to the physical and mental strengths his old team-mates possessed.

“Our Chelsea team would beat this City team, as we had different qualities,” Malouda said. “If I compare this City team to Barcelona at its peak, we were the kind of team they didn’t like to play against, and of course I respect them, but I think we would have been able to do to them what we did to Barcelona at times. “We would disturb them, be physical against them, and that would put doubt in their minds. I’ll admit that we parked the bus, and they didn’t like it! Maybe City would be the same against us.”

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