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Christian Pulisic Now Invaluable For Chelsea

Updated: Jan 13, 2022

The USMNT star is earning high praise from Tommy "Two-Chains" Tuchel.

Christian Pulisic is impressing his boss. Chelsea gaffer Tommy Tuchel said he's happy with how effective and versatile the 23-year-old has been this season, helping the club navigate through a tricky injury crisis.

While the U.S. international has only scored three goals and three assists in his 18 appearances this season, he's supplying a lot more elsewhere on the pitch.

Starting six of Chelsea's last eight games across all competitions, Pulisic has played a number of positions including wing-back and center-forward in addition to his usual role as an attacking midfielder. Those absences were left by the likes of injured wing-backs Reece James and Ben Chilwell, and striker Romelu Lukaku, who seems upset with his playing time.

Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday ahead of Chelsea's Carabao Cup semifinal second leg at Tottenham Hotspur, Tuchel said: "Yes it's true we moved him around a little bit, but in the end they want to play, and it's a good thing if they can play more positions. You can always argue I would have been more consistent or better if I had one clear position, but maybe then you have less minutes or you face even more competition, because up front we have two or three players in every position."

This is a clear indication that Tuchel has seen the talent Pulisic has as a footballer. Yes, he wants to score goals, but he's also willing to sacrifice for the team so he can get playing time as well. It would be impossible to imagine Lukaku doing the same...

Tuchel also said: "We are happy with the impact that he has. He can play a lot of minutes, he needs to play a lot of minutes, he has a physical ability that can help us. Of course everybody wants him to have numbers, everybody wants him to be effective, and we can improve everybody, we can improve on that. And from there we go, this is the situation."

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