Chelsea: Tuchel reacts to win over Newcastle
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Christian Pulisic is still waiting on his first start under the Thomas Tuchel era at Chelsea following the German’s appointment to replace the sacked Frank Lampard. Pulisic was a key man for the Blues, but has suffered with injuries this season.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has explained what Christian Pulisic must do to earn more playing time.
American international Pulisic was an unused substitute in the 2-0 win over Newcastle on Monday night.
The 22-year-old is yet to start in the Premier League since Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard last month.
But despite not seeming to be an important part of his plan, the German has assured Pulisic that he will get game time in the near future and encouraged him to keep his head down and work hard.
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“Well today the first change was already made in the first half from injury and Christian was a tight decision on whether he starts again after the Cup game, or if he comes from the bench and another 11 starts,” Tuchel said after Chelsea beat Newcastle United 2-0 on Monday.
“Unfortunately we only have three changes which makes it very, very difficult to give time to the players to play what they deserve and to have an impact.
“It makes it difficult as the third change, you don’t want to use that too early.
“So we did what we always do the middle of the match we only think about what can help you win the match.
“Christian absolutely deserved to start, he deserved to come in, so I hope he keeps on going and I’m absolutely sure he will be an important influence for us and make an important impact for us in the future.”
Pulisic has also struggled with injuries this season, and missed the start of the season with a hamstring injury he suffered in the FA Cup final.
Tuchel’s change in formation has also perhaps harmed his chances for selection, having ditched any wide men in attack.
The width instead comes from wing-backs, while there are two attacking-midfielders behind the striker, which is where Pulisic would most likely play.
All will become clear when Chelsea travel to Southampton on Saturday in the early kick off in the Premier League.
Tuchel will then likely field what he believes to be his strongest possible team in the Champions League trip to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.
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