Christian Pulisic has been warned that his “babyish” comments could lead Thomas Tuchel to discuss the Chelsea star’s conduct with other managers.
The American described his frustration at being left out of the starting lineup for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid in 2021.
Pulisic claimed he was ‘dumbfounded’ by Tuchel’s decision to drop him in favour of Kai Havertz, though Chelsea did progress to the final, in which they beat Manchester City to claim their second Champions League title.
In his book ‘Christian Pulisic: My Journey So Far’, he said: ‘What happened before that game was hugely disappointing for me,’
‘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.’
Pulisic ended up coming off the bench to assist Mason Mount to secure victory, and Don Hutchinson has slammed the 24-year-old for his “whinging”.
“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?
“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.”