Christian Pulisic may have been the first of Chelsea’s next, post-Hazard generation to arrive, but he’s hardly the only shiny, new, young and exciting toy in the basket. Head coach Thomas Tuchel, like Frank Lampard before him, has a plethora of attacking options to choose from, assembled at great expense and expectation — and especially when combined with our equally excellent homegrown options.
While in theory that should allow us to challenge on multiple fronts, rotate players and lean on a hot hand, it also can be a tricky situation to manage. Everybody wants to play; not everyone can. The only undroppable is Mason Mount.
Pulisic has certainly had periods when he was also undroppable — especially during last summer’s Project Restart — but he’s not been able to maintain that form consistently for too long, in great part thanks to multiple and quite frequent injuries. Combined with his constantly fluctuating level of involvement, the 22-year-old got a bit too honest in a recent post-match interview, when he didn’t play down his frustrations of having had to come off the bench against Real Madrid in the second leg of our Champions League semifinal.
Tuchel, in his own straight-shooting style, didn’t brush off Pulisic’s frustration and instead praised him for using that anger in a productive fashion to help seal the win against Real and book our place in the Champions League final. Still, transfer rumors of unhappiness weren’t far behind, as is often the case in such situations. But Pulisic himself is not having any of that
“Yeah, I’m obviously happy here. It has been an incredible two years.
“People have always doubted and said: ‘Oh, he’s not playing, does he want to go here, does he want to go there?’ I’m always up for a challenge, I love competing, I love the position I’m in and I’m enjoying my time here.”
-Christian Pulisic; source: ESPN
So there ya have it. Proper attitude, proper response, and hopefully four proper wins to close out the season.