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I like to play the big games – I think that’s the same for every other footballer – but I just see them as another game. It’s a semi-final right now, we will do everything that is in our power to reach the final and how we do it doesn’t matter.
“They are leading the league and they are really impressive this season, the way they play. You can see they have individual players who can do crazy things. As a team, they can do a lot of things and it’s just the way of how they play football.
“I played them in January here and I think in the first half the game was already over. What I can remember is when they speed up the tempo, they are a difficult team to beat.
Ziyech’s debut season with the Blues has been hampered by injury setbacks which have limited him to 12 league starts in the current campaign.
The winger admitted it has been tough for him to adapt at Stamford Bridge but promised to keep working hard in order to rediscover the form that made Chelsea part with €44 million to secure his signature.
It will be far from easy. City are the Premier League leaders and currently sit 20 points ahead of the Blues in the table. Yet Tuchel believes his players can rise to the challenge.
He said: “We have to admit there is a gap but for 90 minutes we must be very self-aware and very self-confident that we can close the gap for one game. And this is the target for tomorrow.