Chelsea fans have seen Thomas Frank’s Championship promotion with Brentford as the perfect omen for success under Thomas Tuchel in the Champions League final.
The Blues are looking to win Europe’s top club prize for the first time since 2012 as they take on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
But it is also a big night for the London club’s manager, having reached the same stage of the competition with PSG only to lose 1-0 to Bayern Munich.
Fans, though, have used another west London manager’s success to suggest that tonight could be the night for Tuchel and Chelsea.
“Thomas Frank lost playoff final last year, Thomas Tuchel lost UCL final last year,” one supporter said.
“Thomas Frank has now won playoff final this year, Thomas Tuchel is in another UCL final this year.”
This refers to Brentford’s promotion to the Premier League after seeing off Swansea 2-0 in the clash at Wembley.
A year ago, two weeks before Tuchel’s disappointment with PSG in Porto, the Danish manager was tasting defeat in the same fixture with a 2-1 loss to Fulham after extra time.
Another Blues supporter commented: “Thomas Frank lost the final last year. This year he made the final and won it.
“Thomas Tuchel lost the final last year. This year he made the final and…..”
While a third added: “Thomas Frank lost the final last year. This year he made the final and won it… Thomas Tuchel lost the final last year…”
And a fourth suggested the Champions League final was now not in doubt, with: “Thomas’ are winning today. These ones don't doubt.
“Thomas Frank has just won promotion for Brentford. Thomas Tuchel is winning the Champions league with Chelsea tonight.”
Tuchel took Chelsea to the final with wins over Atletico Madrid, Porto and Real Madrid in the knockout stages.
And he comes up against Guardiola, who the German has beaten twice at the helm of the Stamford Bridge side in the FA Cup and Premier League.
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