Christian Heidel, sports director of Mainz, says the winner of the Champions League, Tuchel, will have little satisfaction with winning against a coaching mentor
Thomas Tuchel has scored three consecutive victories over Pep Guardiola during his time as Chelsea manager, including in the Champions League final, but Christian Heidel claims that success against his coach idol ‘almost’ hurts’ the German tactician.
Heidel can claim credit for putting Tuchel on the road to the top of the game gives him his big break at Mainz.
It was during that period that Tuchel first crossed paths with Guardiola and tried to pick the brains of a manager who loaded trophies in Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City.
What was said?
Tuchel has returned in direct competition with Guardiola since taking over the reins at Stamford Bridge in January 2021, and has received a purple stain in meetings with the Catalan.
The sports director of Mainz, Heidel, said Purpose and Spox of Tuchel’s operations: “I assume he feels no satisfaction or a sense of triumph when he wins against Pep. For all the joy he feels about his own success, it probably almost hurts him because he appreciates him so much. .
“Pep was his foundation, he completely absorbed everything at that time and absorbed a lot of his work. So I’m sure he still thinks he’s the best on the planet and is infinitely grateful to him for learning so much from him. “
Did Tuchel exceed expectations?
Tuchel saw his stock rise in Mainz over five years, allowing him to play a prominent role at Borussia Dortmund in 2015.
He has since spent time at Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain, leading them to a Champions League final, before arriving in the Premier League.
At 48, Tuchel is now one of the best in the business, with his success as no surprise to Heidel.
He said: ‘I was very happy for him [when Chelsea won the Champions League], but I always predicted that Thomas would be one of the best coaches in the world. It was no big surprise to me that he got where he belongs. “
Does Heidel give credit?
It’s not just Tuchel who helped Heidel win the trophies Jurgen Klopp is another of those who used Mainz as a springboard.
He is a Champions League and Premier League winner in Liverpool and has previously achieved significant success in Dortmund, but Heidel would like to point out that he played a very small role in the rise of two men who made the most of their individual ability. .
“I’m proud of Jurgen and Thomas, not me,” Heidel said. ‘I’m just happy about the road they walked and that it started in Mainz.
‘I believe Mainz played a big role in their development. We let them become Klopp and Tuchel, that’s the secret of their success.
“I realized very quickly that these are two exceptional guys who will one day become exceptional coaches. It helped them a lot that we had our backs and enabled them to make mistakes and fail.”