Chelsea to discuss Tuchel’s contract after final – and ‘trigger another deal’

Thomas Tuchel has overseen a stunning turnaround in fortunes for a Chelsea side that languished in tenth when he replaced the sacked club legend Frank Lampard.

The former Borussia Dortmund boss has guided Chelsea to two major cup finals, though the first ended in defeat after Leicester City beat the Blues 1-0 in the FA Cup final.

Tuchel will be desperate for better luck this time around, as he prepares to lead Chelsea out in the Estadio Dragao for a Champions League final against Premier League rivals Manchester City.

Those at the top of the Chelsea hierarchy are clearly overjoyed with the job Tuchel has done thus far, with recent reports claiming the Blues will trigger the option to extend the manager's contract by another year.

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The 47-year-old already boasts Champions League final experience from as recently as last year, where his Paris Saint-Germain side fell at the final hurdle against Bayern Munich.

This year's showpiece event of European club football is set to be a fiercely contested affair, with Chelsea perhaps boasting the mental advantage after having the upper hand in the two previous meetings between Tuchel and Pep Guardiola.

The Blues were the side who dashed City's hopes of a potentially historic quadruple after Hakim Ziyech's strike ensured Chelsea knocked Guardiola's side out of the FA Cup at the semi-final stage.

The pair met just a few weeks later in the league, where a dramatic second-half turnaround saw Chelsea record an impressive 2-1 win at the Etihad, meaning City had to wait another week to be confirmed as Premier League champions.

Guardiola has spoken highly of the man who will be in the opposite dug-out to him come the night of the final, hailing his impact since he arrived earlier this year.

""I think it is massive (Tuchel's impact), I saw the first game against Wolves, it was a draw but I saw some routines, some fundamentals , some processes that I remember when I faced him when he was in Mainz a little bit less but especially Borussia Dortmund when he arrived there."

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