‘You take care of the final on a daily basis before, when nobody thinks about the final, because this is what brings you there. Then the closer you get, the more routine, the more behaviours, the more principles must be installed that you can trust yourself and that you can be free because in the end the tension is growing.
‘We try to give less information, we try to trust them and trust in ourselves. For me this is not the moment to do crazy things, crazy talks, but even that changes from occasion to occasion, from feeling to feeling. It depends how you feel your team, what was the approach to the final and the opponent.’
Of course, on this occasion we face an opponent Tuchel knows well in Klopp’s Liverpool, from their time managing together in Germany, as well as the Premier League over the last year. With the Reds on a run of nine consecutive wins in all competitions, including a 6-0 thrashing of Leeds United last time out, our head coach acknowledges we go into the his final as slight underdogs, but doesn’t necessarily see that as a handicap.
‘Playing against teams who are coached by Jurgen is not only pure pleasure, because they give you a hard time and of course we’re facing him with a very strong Liverpool team on a very strong run of games, run of results, in brilliant form.