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USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter says Thomas Tuchel’s sacking could be ‘positive’ for Christian Pulisic at Chelsea as it could mean more playing time for this year’s World Cup
- Christian Pulisic has so far played mainly as a substitute for Chelsea this season
- He’s only started one game – the 2-1 win against West Ham in the league
- But Thomas Tuchel was fired this week and replaced by Graham Potter
USMNT coach Greg Berhalter says Christian Pulisic has a chance to reclaim his place in the Chelsea squad after Thomas Tuchel was surprisingly sacked earlier this week.
Tuchel, a Champions League winning coach at Chelsea, was fired by owner Todd Boehly after an inconsistent start to the new season hit a new low in the Champions League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb.
United States international Pulisic made five appearances in Chelsea’s first five Premier League games, but started the happy 2-1 win over West Ham. He was another sub for the Zagreb boss.
Christian Pulisic has struggled for regular time at Chelsea so far this season
But Thomas Tuchel’s exit could soon see an opening for the United States international
But now Berhalter sees an opening that could be useful for the United States in the run-up to the preparations for the World Cup.
“I’m not happy that a man lost his job. But if this means more opportunities for Christian, then that’s a good thing, because he’s a man who has proven he can perform at that level,” Berhalter was quoted as saying by The Associated Press. “We’ll just have to wait and see.”
But even if new Chelsea coach Graham Potter opts for other attacking alternatives than Pulisic, it is highly unlikely to jeopardize his entry into this year’s tournament.
“I’m sure nothing drastic will happen, but a few guys may show up,” Berhalter said of the squad he plans to bring to Qatar.
Pulisic is looking for regular playing time for the World Cup, which will shine in November
Pulisic backed to impress again at Chelsea by USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter
“If someone gets injured and can’t go on that day, we’re standing by with alternates.”
Pulisic and the United States start the World Cup campaign against Wales on November 21.
The second game will be with England on November 25 and the group will be completed against Iran on November 29.