‘He deserves to start for Chelsea’ – Tuchel reveals after benching star against Newcastle
Following Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle United on Monday night, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel revealed the Chelsea player that deserves to start despite his run on the bench.
According to Tuchel, Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic deserves to start for the Blues despite failing to start any Premier League game under Tuchel.
Pulisic has started just one game under Tuchel, the 1-0 FA Cup victory over Barnsley.
“Today, the first change was already made in the first half from injury and Christian was a very tight decision if he starts again after the cup game, or if he comes on from the bench,” Tuchel said.
“We decided for another XI to start. Unfortunately, we only had three changes which makes it very difficult to give time to the players, to let everybody play, and to have an impact with the changes of fresh legs. That makes it difficult and the third change we didn’t want to use too early.
“During the match, we did what we normally do which is to only change to win the match. He deserves to start, or to come in but I could only use three guys. I hope he keeps on going and he will make an important impact for us in the future.”
Pulisic has featured 21 times in all competitions for Chelsea this season, but has scored just two goals.
Last season, Pulisic found the back of the net 11 times in 34 appearances.