Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has a huge edge over Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp ahead of the FA Cup final on Saturday.
The Blues boss is looking for revenge against his more experienced counterpart in a repeat of the EFL Cup final which saw the Reds narrowly win 11-10 on penalties. But Tuchel has a stat in his favour which could be a massive indication of how the Wembley clash will go.
Tuchel has a sensational 56 per cent win rate in all major finals he has overseen since becoming a manager in 2007. That dwarfs his rival Klopp’s shockingly low win percentage, which stands at just 36 per cent.
Both managers got the first major break of their management careers with German club Mainz 05 before taking over at Borussia Dortmund and eventually moving to their respective English sides.
Tuchel clinched the first major trophy of his career by beating Frankfurt with Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal final in 2017. His next cup accomplishments came in the 2019/20 season with PSG, winning the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue to complete a titanic domestic treble.
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However, the German got his first taste of major defeat with the 2019/20 Champions League final loss to Bayern Munich. Tellingly, he corrected that the following season by winning the trophy with Chelsea.
Yet Tuchel has been far less successful domestically with Chelsea, losing the FA Cup final last year to Leicester City and the EFL Cup final against Liverpool this season.
Klopp, on the other hand, won his first final in 2012, adding the DFL-Pokal Cup to his collection by beating Bayern Munich 5-2. He then won two DFL-Super Cups in 2013 and 2014.
After a difficult run in finals where his performance in big matches was repeated questioned after losses, Klopp has come into his own in recent seasons with his fearsome Liverpool side. He finally broke the curse in 2019 with the Anfield side by securing the club's sixth European Cup.
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