Tuchel highlights Chelsea star's ability to make runs into penalty box in Leicester win
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was full of praise for Christian Pulisic’s goalscoring display in Saturday’s win over Leicester City.
The Blues were very dominant and already had a two-goal lead at half-time, thanks to Antonio Rudiger’s header and N’Golo Kante’s incredible goal.
But it was pretty clear that Tuchel wanted his team to put the game to bed with a third goal.
The third goal eventually came, but not before Tuchel’s introduction of Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech just past the hour mark.
Tuchel was clearly impressed by the American’s performance, as he said Chelsea need players with his positioning in the final third.
“It’s one of Christian’s key qualities, to arrive exactly like that, not only in the box but also in the six-yard box,” the German said about Pulisic’s goalscoring display in the post-match press conference.
“This is top quality from him.
“He gives something of course in terms of sprints, repetitive sprints, intensity on and off the ball.
“But at the end of the attacks, he is hungry to score, he arrives in the box and this is where we need players also, to be dangerous and to score.”
Tuchel suggests some Chelsea players suffer from absence of five-sub rule
Tuchel further added that Ziyech actually deserved to be in the starting line-up.
In a pitch-side interview after the game, the manager expressed his frustration about not being able to make five substitutions like in many other leagues.
“I’m a bit sad that we cannot make five changes,” he told Chelsea TV.
“Because there are more players who deserve to play and there are some players who deserve rest.
“It’s always a bit on the edge with three subs with so many games at this level.
“But it is the way it is.”