Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel says that Christian Pulisic ‘deserves’ to start for the Blues.
Pulisic is regarded as one of the most talented players in world football and was supposed to be the player that would succeed Eden Hazard and become the clubs next big superstar.
But he has struggled this season and Pulisic has started just one game since Tuchel took charge at Chelsea: a 1-0 win over Barnsley in the FA Cup, which is causing many to doubt that he is part of the clubs long-term plans.
But Tuchel, who has a relationship with Pulisic dating back to the pair’s time at Borussia Dortmund, says there is no reason to be concerned with the winger’s lack of recent playing time.
“Today, the first change was already made in the first half from injury and Christian was a very tight decision if he starts again after the cup game, or if he comes on from the bench,” Tuchel said.
“We decided for another XI to start. Unfortunately, we only had three changes which makes it very difficult to give time to the players, to let everybody play, and to have an impact with the changes of fresh legs. That makes it difficult and the third change we didn’t want to use too early.
“During the match, we did what we normally do which is to only change to win the match. He deserves to start, or to come in but I could only use three guys. I hope he keeps on going and he will make an important impact for us in the future.”
Pulisic is a man with bags of potential and should be starting, so it will be interesting to see if he gets more game time