Thomas Tuchel said he understands why Pep Guardiola believes “everyone in this country supports Liverpool”.
“Everyone in this country supports Liverpool, the media and everyone,” Guardiola said.
“Of course Liverpool have an amazing history not in the Premier League but in Europe, so they’ve only won once in 30 years, but that doesn’t matter at all.”
Chelsea manager Tuchel sided with Guardiola as they prepare to face Liverpool in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.
“I’m not a Liverpool fan,” Tuchel said.
“I wonder why he [Guardiola] There is such a feeling. In general I’d say it’s really hard to argue about it.
“I didn’t say I agree 100%, but I know. There is a lot of sympathy for Liverpool at home.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who Tuchel jokingly called “Kloppo” ahead of the final, said he is an expert at gaining “sympathy” from neutral fans.
And the Chelsea manager insists he doesn’t care if his team is seen as “bad guys” at Wembley.
“Kloppo is the master of the underdog,” added Tuchel.
“He can say you are the underdog against Villarreal and Benfica and it is a miracle that they draw against them.
“He’s always doing that. That’s the part that resonates with. There’s nothing to be jealous of. Klopppo is a fantastic guy, a funny guy, one of the best coaches in the world and that’s what he does.
“When he trains [Borussia] Dortmund, where the whole country loved Dortmund. Now he has trained Liverpool and you get the feeling the whole country loves Liverpool.
“If you put a big ball on him and you play a team against him, this is your job. But it’s always the fun part so it doesn’t matter if we’re the bad guys tomorrow.
“We take on that role. We don’t want to win the national sympathy tomorrow. We want the trophy.”
Tuchel hopes to be a winner this time around and believes that Klopp’s team has vulnerabilities that could be exploited.
“They allow opportunities,” he said.
“We have proven it. We had a big chance in the Carabao Cup final. But that was their approach. They are the team that makes the most of other team’s strikers offside.
“They only play this high line because there is always pressure on the ball. It’s very difficult to utilize this space because it requires perfect timing.
“But if you have a perfect day, you can find a solution.”