Christian Pulisic makes admission over Thomas Tuchel decision in Chelsea’s Champions League run – Football.London

Christian Pulisic has expressed how disappointed he was to be dropped by Thomas Tuchel for Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final second leg tie with Real Madrid in May.

The 22-year-old had started the opening fixture in Madrid and even put the Blues ahead after just 14 minutes on the night – a performance that followed some impressive displays against Atletico Madrid and Porto in the two previous rounds of the competition.

He had entered a bit of a purple patch for the season and had made five starts in a row under Tuchel in the Premier League leading up to the game.

However, his performance in Madrid wasn’t enough to keep eventual cup final hero Kai Havertz out of the side for the second leg at Stamford Bridge, something that understandably disappointed Pulisic.


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Speaking about Tuchel’s style of management, as well as that decision in particular, Pulisic said: “He’s always been intense, very competitive, nothing much has changed. Without the crowd noise you can hear him more but he doesn’t mean it in a bad way,” he told the Daily Mail.

“It was very tough. I felt like I was in my best form and to be back on the bench was extremely tough. When you are in form, you feel good and want to carry on.”

Nevertheless, Pulisic knows that Tuchel’s reasons were justified – which is emphasised by the fact they went on to win the tournament – and because of the healthy competition for places at the club, he believes his side can win more trophies in the future.

“Competition here is fierce. We want to win titles. It is about keeping your head in the right place so if an opportunity comes you can still make a big impact,” he said.

Pulisic is in contention to start Chelsea’s UEFA Super Cup clash with Villarreal on Wednesday evening. The Blues have failed to lift the trophy in their last three attempts, missing out in 2012, 2013 and 2019, but they’ll be hoping to change that record this time around.

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