LONDON: It’s not just revenge for Manchester City when they play against Chelsea in the English Premier League (EPL), tomorrow.
On the other hand, Pep Guardiola’s men are now at risk of facing a more difficult path in the title race this season.
A goalless tie against Southampton last week raises questions after they had no sharper striker in front of goal to continue to give competition to a title challenger who was clearly more formidable than last season.
The defending champions are now three points behind Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool after five games so far.
The win in Porto saw the Blues clinch a hat -trick victory over City that clearly became a stronger foundation in their mission to chase the league title this season.
Another win means Tuchel becomes the first manager to beat Guardiola in four consecutive games.
The German got off to a near -perfect start to English football as his side picked up 13 of the 15 points on offer – three away games against Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham.
More importantly, Tuchel has something that Guardiola failed to get in the last transfer window – a goal scorer who proved his worth.
They failed to tie Harry Kane while their hopes of eyeing Cristiano Ronaldo were dashed when the five -time Ballon d’Or winner chose Manchester United.
The failure to end a defeat at the hands of Tuchel and win at Anfield since the last time in 2003 will surely add to City’s worries this season.