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‘I was just so wound up,’ – Chelsea star claims he was furious with Thomas Tuchel after he misled him ahead of the UEFA Champions League semi-final 

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 ‘I was just so wound up,’ – Chelsea star claims he was furious with Thomas Tuchel after he misled him ahead of the UEFA Champions League semi-final 

Christian Pulisic asserts that Thomas Tuchel misled him prior to the Champions League semifinal between Chelsea and Real Madrid in 2021.

Pulisic scored a fantastic solo goal in the first leg of his team’s match against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

The Blues tied the Spanish giants 1-1 before defeating them 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in the second match.

Later that season, Chelsea won their second Champions League title with a 1-0 victory over Manchester City in the final.

Pulisic claims he was unhappy with Tuchel for leaving him off the roster for the return leg against Real Madrid, despite being told he would start.

The 24-year-old (according per GOAL) wrote in his latest book:

“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 (Havertz).

“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. 

“So by the time he brought me on with about 25 minutes left, I was just so wound up.”

Pulisic is in his fourth season at Chelsea, but he has failed to meet the lofty expectations he set before joining the club from Borussia Dortmund.

The winger has scored 25 goals in 123 appearances across all competitions for the Blues, but has started just one Premier League game this season.

However, Greg Berhalter believes that Tuchel’s exit could provide an opportunity for his USMNT star to relaunch his career with the Blues, as he noted (via The Mail):

“I’m not happy a guy lost his job. But if this means more opportunity for Christian, then it’s positive because he’s a guy that’s proven that he can perform at that level. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

 ‘I was just so wound up,’ – Chelsea star claims he was furious with Thomas Tuchel after he misled him ahead of the UEFA Champions League semi-final 

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