TCC View: Chelsea star will have point to prove in final match after Tuchel's criticism
Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic could prove a point in the final match against Watford on Sunday after Thomas Tuchel’s criticism.
The 23-year-old played for 72 minutes in midweek’s 1-1 draw with Leicester City, so Tuchel may decide to rotate and use another attacking option.
However, if Pulisic makes the starting line-up or at least gets an opportunity to come on as a substitute, it will be the perfect opportunity to respond to Tuchel’s recent comments.
The Chelsea manager recently highlighted his attackers’ underwhelming output as one of the biggest reasons they failed to compete with Liverpool and Manchester City.
That includes Pulisic, although Tuchel is clearly confident Pulisic can eventually become a more reliable goalscorer.
“He’s not that player who produced 30 goals in the last three years, and it’s a matter of time until he is that kind of player,” the manager said about Pulisic (via Chelsea’s official website).
“We will push him to the limit.
“We’re not pointing fingers, but we struggle with over-performance in this area and our opponents have certain quality and efficiency on a normal level that is far beyond our level of goals and assists.
“Maybe we need to help in the way we attack, maybe we can help in the structure of how we attack. We will try to help.
“We are not blaming anybody, it’s just a fact, and we have to get our heads around it.”
Obviously, Pulisic, who has scored six goals in the Premier League this season, is unlikely to reach double figures in terms of goals even if he starts in the next game.
However, a goal or two will do wonders for the USA international’s confidence after recent scrutiny.