Thomas Tuchel insists Chelsea vs Manchester City on Saturday lunchtime should not be labelled as a contest between him and Pep Guardiola.
"Not so long ago there were a lot of voices who told me I don't know how to beat Pep," he told reporters ahead of the Premier League clash.
"It's not between me and him, we don't play a match of tennis or a match of chess tomorrow.
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"It's two teams and clubs that compete against each other on a very high level.
If I look at it [the last three games] honestly, I see three 50/50 matches and I'm not only talking about the situation before the match, but during the matches too.
Tuchel was also asked if he is a better manager than Guardiola, but he says it's a topic for journalists to "endlessly debate".
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He added: "This question does not even exist for me and it doesn't exist for me because I can't answer it.
"These are questions for you guys that you can maybe endlessly debate.
"I have the highest respect for Pep because I'm a huge admirer of the impact he had from his first day of professional coaching.
"The impact he had at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and now at Manchester City. This is something I hugely respect and this will never change.
"Look at the trophies, look at the influence, there is absolutely no reason why I should start to ask myself whether I'm a better coach or not."
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