‘I was just so wound up’ – Angry Christian Pulisic takes aim at former Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel


    Thomas Tuchel failed to win over Christian Pulisic in west London (Picture: Getty)
    Thomas Tuchel failed to win over Christian Pulisic during his time in west London (Picture: Getty)

    Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic has aimed a furious rant at former head coach Thomas Tuchel for the way he was treated by the German.

    Tuchel was sacked by the Blues earlier this month following their opening Champions League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb and has since been replaced by Graham Potter.

    He enjoyed a lot of success in his short spell at Stamford Bridge, winning the Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup and he also guided Chelsea to two runner-up finishes in the FA Cup and a League Cup final.

    But one player he failed to win over was United States international Pulisic, with the 24-year-old attacker openly admitting he was not the biggest fan of Tuchel.

    In his new book Christian Pulisic: My Journey So Far, he discussed a dispute with Tuchel over last season’s Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.

    ‘What happened before that [second leg] was hugely disappointing for me,’ Pulisic said.

    ‘l’d had a really good first leg performance and our following match was against Fulham in the league.

    ‘Tuchel told me that he was resting me for the second leg and as a result I didn’t play a single minute in the Fulham game.

    ‘Then on match day… Tuchel tells me he’s changed his mind and he’s going with Kai [Havertz].

    ‘I honestly was dumbfounded and very disappointed. I thought that I’d earned a start and, most importantly, he had assured me previously I was going to start.

    ‘So by the time he brought me on with about 25 minutes left, I was just so wound up.’

    Thierry Henry has said he was left surprised by the fact that Pulisic did not leave Chelsea this summer.

    Pulisic was linked with a move away in the summer transfer window amid interest from Manchester United and Newcastle.

    Italian clubs AC Milan and Juventus were also thought to be keen and he was even on Liverpool’s radar.

    Meanwhile, USA boss Greg Berhalter believes that Tuchel’s sacking can be a positive for former Borussia Dortmund star Pulisic.

    ‘I’m not happy a guy lost his job, but if this means more opportunity for Christian, then it’s positive,’ he said.

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