Klopp-Tuchel, for the Champions League and remembering Dortmund

This Thursday’s Liverpool-Chelsea could have been, under other circumstances, a key match in the fight for the 2020-21 Premier. But the ‘reds’, sixth, are, with one game less, 22 points behind the leader Manchester City, and the ‘blues’, fifth, at 21. So this classic is above all for the fight for the Champions League places. And he faces two coaches, Jürgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel, united by Borussia Dortmund and by fate.

It was on April 19, 2015, when it became public that Tuchel would become Klopp’s replacement as Signal Iduna Park coach. It was not just any relay, because Klopp was so identified with said German club that Klopp was Dortmund and Dortmund was Klopp. A glorious stage was closing, with 2 Bundesligas won, a German Cup and 2 Super Cups from that country.

Tuchel ‘inherited’ the bench from a myth, but he only occupied it for 2 seasons, due to his differences with the board, due to the transfer policy but especially after the attack with explosives against the Dortmund bus on April 12, 2017 when They were heading to play the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals against Monaco at Signal Iduna Park. The leadership yielded to pressure from UEFA for the match to be played the next day, against the opinion of Tuchel, who left at the end of the season after winning the German Cup.

Dortmund is not the only thing that Chelsea and Liverpool coaches have in common. If Klopp managed Mainz between 2001 and 2008, and was relieved by Jorn Andersen, in 2009 Tuchel was appointed coach of that team (a position he held until 2014).

In the 14 meetings between Tuchel and Klopp, only 2 times has the Chelsea manager won. In 9 the Liverpool coach has beaten. And there have been 3 ties. They have not been measured since the 2018-19 Champions League, when Liverpool beat PSG de Tuchel 3-2 at Anfield and lost 2-1 at Parc des Princes. And, in Klopp’s first season at Anfield, his Liverpool eliminated Tuchel’s Dortmund in the quarterfinals of the 2015-16 Europa League (1-1 and 4-3).