Chelsea star expresses frustration over lack of game time in natural position

Christian Pulisic has had his say about his struggles at Chelsea after being left on the bench in the 1-0 Club World Cup semifinal win over Al Hilal on Wednesday.

It is pretty clear that there is fierce competition for spots among Chelsea attackers.

Pulisic, Romelu Lukaku, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and even Mason Mount who is naturally a midfielder, are all vying for three spots in the team.

In midweek, it was Lukaku, Havertz, and Ziyech who made the starting line-up, while Mount came on in the last 20 minutes of the game.

Pulisic, Werner, and Hudson-Odoi were unused substitutes on the night.

After all the travelling and the preparation, Pulisic admitted it was hard to take.

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“I was very ready to play [against Al-Hilal],” the American told ESPN recently.

“I wanted to play so of course, I was upset that I didn’t.”

Pulisic has had to play various roles at Chelsea

Obviously, many would argue that Ziyech, who had been in form, and Havertz, who had also struggled for game time, also deserved their chances.

However, unlike Ziyech who has clearly benefitted from playing in his natural right winger position lately, Pulisic has not had many opportunities playing his favourite left winger role.

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“I don’t think it is a bad quality necessarily to be versatile,” said Pulisic, who has already had to play as a centre-forward and a wing-back this season.

“But for whatever reason, I haven’t been given the full chance to be in one position and gain some rhythm which is hard at times, which I would like at times, but it is part of the sport I guess.”

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