Tuchel takes the rap over ‘unfair’ treatment of Chelsea duo

Joe Williams
Thomas Tuchel Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel admits Christian Pulisic’s limited game time at Chelsea is a “bit unfair” and that Emerson Palmieri has also suffered from his “bad decisions”.

Chelsea are now unbeaten in 11 matches in all competitions under Tuchel, including nine in the Premier League, while they are yet to concede a goal at Stamford Bridge under the German.

Their latest victory came on Monday night when they beat fellow top-four challengers Everton 2-0 with a Ben Godfrey own goal and a Jorginho penalty seeing off Carlo Ancelotti’s men.

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Pulisic came off the bench against the Toffees but the USA international’s last Premier League start was under Frank Lampard in mid-January as the Blues lost 2-0 to Leicester City.

And Tuchel says Pulisic “will have to be patient”  to get his chance in the side with Chelsea in brilliant form.

“I can say nothing else but good things about him,” Tuchel said. “Maybe his biggest problem is that I know him from Dortmund and I think he started only in the cup games.

“It is my responsibility and it is a bit unfair but I know what impact he can have in the last 20 or 30 minutes.

“He was a bit unlucky in the last few games. It isn’t a lack of trust or quality, it is just that he will have to be patient.

“I have another guy who I would love to mention in Emerson [Palmieri] who suffers from bad decisions by me.

“He does not play but he is an amazing guy who trains at the highest level and he never lets the team down with his mentality. It was a super hard decision today to have him out of the squad, the same with Tammy [Abraham].

“It is like this, we have a strong group. The guys have to keep on fighting. There’s no other way.”