If there was a clip of an FA Cup tie on TV then I would watch it growing up, 100 per cent. If there was anything I could watch from any other league then I would.
The FA Cup has obviously always had a strong link to Wembley Stadium, which is a huge stadium in Germany – everyone is aware of its history.
In Germany we also grew up in the knowledge that the FA Cup was probably the most historic and significant cup competition in European football.
We all know the story of Bert Trautmann, the German who broke his neck and carried on playing in the FA Cup Final [in 1956] – so you see how tough we are! That story gets told in Germany and there’s also another story of a goal that was not a goal in a World Cup final! That’s another famous Wembley story.
It was an honour to play at Wembley in the semi-final against Manchester City and I’m very thankful to have the possibility to play here again.
Afterwards I was told I would be the first German to manage in an FA Cup Final. I’m not sure if things could be even more amazing.
It means so much to me to be on the sidelines with a team that is there to win and a club that’s used to winning trophies.
We were very proud of the team after the semi-final win. We deserved it. We played a very strong match and, yes, you can always win with a bit of luck, you can sometimes escape with a win you don’t deserve, but that wasn’t the case that afternoon. We were so consistent, so strong – it was a big win for us.
We have a lot of respect for Leicester City, they’ve been outstanding this season. They have a strong team, a very strong manager and they play as a group. They are very calm when they come from behind, they’re very self-confident and they’ve grown as a team. They’ve produced such consistent performances over a number of years; they’re very impressive.
Yes, it was sad that there were no spectators for the semi-final and that the ground can’t be full for the Final but we’re very grateful to be here.
Chelsea has a big history in the FA Cup and I want to do everything I can to write another chapter in that.
It is going to be a very special afternoon.
You can read the full article from Thomas Tuchel in the official Emirates FA Cup Final match programme, which is available to order now.