Ahead of today's derby with Manchester United, Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel admitted that he tried to bring Bruno Fernandes to Paris Saint-Germain. The Saints were interested in signing a creative midfielder before joining Manchester United last year.
Bruno Fernandes, as the captain of Sporting Lisbon, was on the radar of many European greats, the Parisians tried to sign him, but United was more concrete. There is no reason to talk about the influence that Bruno had on the game of the Red Devils.
"My first sports director in Paris, the Portuguese Antero Enrique, knew Bruno Fernandes very well. We fought hard to bring him to Paris Saint-Germain. We watched more and more of Bruno's matches, we followed him and tried to be in contact with him in order for the transfer to be realized "
In the City of Light, Thomas Tuchel did not meet expectations. The trophy of Champions League remained an unfulfilled dream, and maybe everything would have been different if the Portuguese had ended up at Princes Park. "Obviously he decided to sign Manchester United and I was never in personal contact with him, we tried, but he went the other way.
It's bad for us to have to play against him." Since coming to United, Bruno Fernandes has scored 34 goals in 60 games in all competitions. In the current season, he is the second scorer of the Premier League with 15 goals, and he is also the second assistant.
He recorded 11 assists, with the new one he would overtake Kevin de Bruyne and Harry Kane.
"The impact he has had since arriving at Manchester United is indescribable and incredible." "To come from Portugal, from a competitive team, a big club, but not from the strongest league, and in a year to move to one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League and the strongest league in Europe, and to have such an influence, I can only express great respect."
Tuchel is impressed "He's outstanding. He's one of the best midfielders in the world, an offensive midfielder, and he has a huge, huge impact. To be so important to the game, you have to be absolutely amazing.
This is almost impossible." The German strategist believes that the decisive thing in the derby will be if they manage to stop the Portuguese and thus stifle the driving force of United. "He has such a big influence on their game, on their attacking game. The key to defending Bruno is to be close to him. He is the main player of Manchester United ", Tuchel concluded