Christian Pulisic is setting the record straight on former Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel in his upcoming semi-autobiography.
Here’s Pulisic on (perhaps) his most iconic goal (so far) – his opening 2020-2021 UCL semi-final strike against current Champions League champions Real Madrid.
“The untold story behind that goal is that when [Antonio] Rüdiger has the ball, I can see he’s looking to play it long over the top and I started my run to get in behind the Madrid backline. But as I take off on the run, I hear Thomas Tuchel yelling from the sideline, ‘Christian, stay in the pocket, don’t make the run!’ But I just had the feeling I’d find the space and get on the end of the pass, so I continued the run.”
Notice how Pulisic uses his ex-coach’s first and last name – he wants there to be no mistake.
Cap continues his Tuchel trashing, explaining how and why he came off the bench in the second leg.
“What happened before that game was hugely disappointing for me. I’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 of the second semi, 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.”
Pulisic’s playing time under Tuchel declined after their Champions League victory over Man City, secured after defeating Real in the semis. This past year has been frustrating enough to kick up rumors of Puli leaving London altogether. But it turned out it wouldn’t be the American leaving Stamford Bridge – it was Tuchel.
Though CP10’s relationship with TT dates back to their Dortmund days in the Bundesliga, Cap appears ready to move on. Chelsea has certainly moved on – they hired Graham Potter from Brighton one day after giving Tuchel the boot.
Pulisic is known for his aggressive attacking abilities – when he sees a weakness, he exploits it.
The timing of the excerpt release is interesting. It seems unlikely Pulisic wrote this whole part in the last two weeks (Right? I mean, we’re being generous by saying Pulisic wrote it, but it is in actual print – it’s not easy to change like a WordPress fansite). The timing of these quotes is probably just the result of a clever PR rep earning her holiday bonus.
Pulisic has had a frustrating season at Chelsea. Maybe expressing himself through the art of storytelling will help get Captain America’s mind right as he leads the Stars and Stripes to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
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