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Tuchel defends playing Pulisic at wing-back for Chelsea and is happy with the impact the USMNT star is making

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 06: Christian Pulisic of Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel the manager / head coach of Chelsea at full time of the Premier League match between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge on November 6, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has defended his decision to play Christian Pulisic in a variety of positions as opposed to handing him a regular role.

The USMNT international has started six of the Blues’ last eight games across all competitions and played in a variety of roles, from right wing-back, to false nine, and on the wing.

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He has had to sacrifice himself for the team due to the injury and Covid disruption.

Christian Pulisic still needs to improve on his game but Thomas Tuchel insists he is happy with the impact the Chelsea winger is making.

“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 be more consistent or better if I have one clear position.

Maybe then you have less minutes or face more concurrence as up front we have two or three players in every position. Tuchel said in press conference. 

Tuchel is aware he is need to improve in certain departments, but is pleased with his current contribution.

“We are happy with the impact he has,

He can play a lot of minutes, he needs to. He has the physical ability to help us.”

Everybody wants him to have numbers, to be effective. Everybody can improve on that. From there we go, that’s the situation.

The 23-year-old has six goal contributions – three goals and three assists – to his name this season in all competition from a total of 18 appearances.

 Christian Pulisic of Chelsea scores their sides second goal past Caoimhin Kelleher of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on January ( Getty Images)

Still, Pulisic needs to do much more to become a top-level forward.

However, at this moment, his availability is more important to Thomas Tuchel than his form.

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