Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has defended his decision about the position of Christian Pulisic in his recent starting line-ups. Tuchel has explained why he plays Pulisic as a right wing-back, tipping him to “play a lot of minutes”. All the while, the Blues coach claims the American forward is posting the “numbers” he deserves.
A USMNT star more at home, Christian Pulisic’s wide attacking berth has seen his versatility well-utilized over recent weeks.
Indeed, the talented 23-year-old has been providing cover for absent team-mates on a regular basis.
For one, Tuchel deployed him as a central striker when Romelu Lukaku was out of contention (the football news).
Then, an unfortunate injury to Reece James has seen him starting matches with the defensive berth.
Tuchel Has Explained Why He Plays Pulisic as a Right Wing-back
Head coach Thomas Tuchel, however, can appreciate why questions are being asked of his decision to move Christian Pulisic around.
But Tuchel believes there are positives to this, despite the player only securing three goals and two assists this season.
The German Chelsea manager has answered reporters when they asked if the United States international is filling too many positions.
Tuchel said: “Yeah, it’s true we moved him around a little bit, but in the end they want to play, and it’s a good thing if they can play more positions.
“You can always argue I would have been more consistent or better if I had one clear position, but maybe then you have less minutes or you face even more competition, because up front we have two or three players in every position.
“So first of all it’s a good thing, it was also a bad sign because it means we had trouble on the left and right wing-back with injuries and he helped us out there.
“We are happy with the impact that he has.
“He can play a lot of minutes, he needs to play a lot of minutes, he has a physical ability that can help us.
“Of course, everybody wants him to have numbers, everybody wants him to be effective, and we can improve everybody, we can improve on that. And from there we go, this is the situation.”