Tuchel may ‘have words with other managers’ to ruin Pulisic’s career

Chelsea fans react to Thomas Tuchel sacking

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Chelsea star Christian Pulisic has been warned that his former Blues boss Thomas Tuchel “could have words with other managers” over remarks he made regarding the German coach in his upcoming book. The American winger described his frustration at being left out of the starting lineup on the day of the Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid by Tuchel.

Pulisic claimed he was “dumbfounded” by the decision to drop him in favour of Kai Havertz, though Chelsea did go on to win the game and reach the final against Manchester City in 2021. “What happened before that game was hugely disappointing for me,” Pulisic wrote in his 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. 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.”

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The American forward did come off the bench in the second leg against Real Madrid and assisted their second goal in a 2-0 win, before going on to claim victory in the final against Manchester City. Former Liverpool midfielder Don Hutchinson has slammed Pulisic for speaking out against his former coach, and claimed that Tuchel will speak to other managers about his conduct.

“Oh, my days! I mean, it is ridiculously naive of Christian Pulisic,” Hutchinson told ESPN. “Alright, it’s his book, so he feels as though he’s got his little say against Thomas Tuchel, but is he not naive enough to think that Thomas Tuchel won’t be happy and he’ll be having words with other managers?

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“Managers change their minds. What happens to you? You’re a little bit gutted, you’re a little bit upset. But it all just sounds a little bit babyish to me. Christian Pulisic having a whinge. What is the point? What does he gain from it?

“I think it’s naive from Pulisic, I don’t know what he gains from it. Shaka [Hislop, also on the ESPN panel] said about book sales, well alright that’s what he gains from it but it’s not my cup of tea. But why would you do that to a manager that could have been already at Chelsea?

“I think it destroys any relationship that Tuchel will ever have with Christian Pulisic, it destroys the fact that if Thomas Tuchel got a job elsewhere he would sign Pulisic, that’s not going to happen. Managers talk, I wouldn’t be surprised if Thomas Tuchel or Graham Potter is having a conversation, not so much about Pulisic but the individuals in the dressing room and it goes on and on from there.”

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