Chelsea attacker, Christian Pulisic says he was misled by Coach Thomas Tuchel before the Blues’ 2020-21 UEFA Champions League (UCL) semi-final against Real Madrid.
Newsbreak.ng recalls that Pulisic scored in Madrid in the first leg, admitting that he had defied Tuchel’s instructions in the buildup. Subsequently, he was assured he would start in the second leg but was instead left on the bench before coming on to provide an assist.
“What happened before that game was hugely disappointing for me,” Pulisic writes in his new book ‘Christian Pulisic: My Journey So Far’. “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 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.”
Chelsea drew the first leg 1-1 in Spain and won 2-0 in London en route to winning the coveted European trophy in Portugal last year.
Pulisic is still with Chelsea while Tuchel has been sacked by the club.