Thomas Tuchel has Pep Guardiola’s number ahead of the Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City.
To the BT Sport pundit, Tuchel does hold a slight advantage over Guardiola at the moment.
Not only did the German mastermind Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Man City in the FA Cup semi-final last month, but his side came from behind to delay their Premier League title party at the weekend.
Goals from Hakim Ziyech and Marcos Alonso sealed a 2-1 win for the Blues at the Etihad Stadium in yet another impressive result under Tuchel since he replaced Frank Lampard in January.
Interestingly, Tuchel has beaten Guardiola on both occasions this season and Ferdinand feels that record could be decisive ahead of the third and final meeting this season on May 29.
It seems [Thomas] Tuchel has his number at the moment. If there’s one manager on the planet, then Tuchel is that guy,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport. “Will there be a bit of a carry over from those two results? I think there will, yeah.
There will be an underlying uncertainty, there won’t be a pure 100% conviction that they have going into every game usually.
“The only thing I’d say about Chelsea, what he’s been able to do against the top teams and in the Champions League, he’s made teams alter the way they play against them.
He’s made it scruffy at times, they’re a hard team to play against, they’re rough, ready, aggressive, quick in transitions, they’re not an easy team to turn over.
Pep [Guardiola] knows he’s in for a game this time and tactically Tuchel is an astute manager.”
Before Chelsea arrive in the Champions League final they face Leicester City in the FA Cup final this weekend and also have three Premier League games remaining.