CHRISTIAN PULISIC has become the latest star to admit struggling with life at Chelsea.
The £58million winger opened up on the turmoil of failing to nail down a regular starting place under boss Thomas Tuchel.
Christian Pulisic has admitted he is struggling with life at Chelsea
The American star has revealed the difficulties of nailing down a regular place at the Blues
Pulisic is preparing for the first of the USA’s World Cup qualifying triple-header which starts against El Salvador on Friday.
The US skipper said: “Obviously it has been up and down this year, for sure. Not exactly where I want to be and how I want things to be right now.
“I’m just going to keep going and it doesn’t affect me when I come here. So I am excited to be here.
“When I come to the national team it is ‘How are things with Chelsea?’ and ‘What’s this’ and ‘What’s that.’ It’s tough.
“Mentally it has played on me at times but I am always very excited to be on the national team and get to enjoy playing with these guys and just enjoy football in general.
“It is tough. I haven’t always been playing in the positions I want to play in. But I think it is a good quality to be versatile and able to play in all kinds of positions and have different strengths on the pitch.
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“I’ve learned a lot and I’m ready to hopefully be in a spot over the next few games that I’m more comfortable in.”
Pulisic has made 19 appearances for Chelsea this season and scored three goals.
But he has found it tough to put a run of games together and has been switched to cover several positions – adding to his uncertainty.
Pulisic’s clubmate Romelu Lukaku went public before Christmas with an unauthorised TV interview in which he claimed to be unhappy and did not feel comfortable with the system played under Tuchel.
Lukaku was fined a week’s wages of around £325,000 for going renegade and issued a public apology.
Pulisic’s comments are not so drastic and he does not claim to be unsettled at Stamford Bridge.
But the former Borussia Dortmund star is using international duty to try to put frustrations with life at Chelsea behind him.
America follow tomorrow’s game with matches against Canada and Honduras before Pulisic reports back to Tuchel in London on February 4.
They are second in the CONCACAF qualifying group with the top three going through to the finals in December.
The winger said: “It doesn’t affect me too much coming into US camps. I am ready when I come in here and to do whatever I can to help this team so I’m not thinking about that.
“I would say there’s two sides to me, especially when people ask you how you are. There is the soccer side and the person side. The person side is even more important to me and I’m doing alright in that sense. It is a lot sometimes.”
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By: Gary Stonehouse
Title: Christian Pulisic opens up on ‘tough’ time at Chelsea and admits playing out of position has taken its toll mentally
Sourced From: www.thesun.co.uk/sport/17453229/christian-pulisic-chelsea-struggles-usa-tuchel/
Published Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2022 21:31:16 +0000