Chelsea’s victory over Real Madrid to progress to the Champions League final prompted joyous celebrations among the Blues squad.
But the occasion was marred for Christian Pulisic, who had to settle for an appearance off the bench despite scoring the all-important away goal in the 1-1 first-leg draw.
The American – who joined from Borussia Dortmund in a £58million transfer two years ago – has struggled to fully establish himself in the starting XI under Tuchel despite his impressive performances when called on.
Pulisic was introduced in the 67th minute of the second leg and helped Chelsea put the tie to bed by assisting Mason Mount’s late strike.
The 22-year-old could not hide his exasperation at being benched as he spoke after the match, however, and told CBS Sports : “I’m very frustrated, there’s not much else to say.
“I wanted to play from the beginning as I always do.
“I’ve had to continue to prove myself over and over again but as always, I reach out to God who gives me strength, and with that behind me, nothing can stop me.”
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Pulisic’s admission that he is “very frustrated” may have alerted Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who previously opened up on his admiration for the former Borussia Dortmund ace.
The Reds were linked with a move for a teenage Pulisic back in 2018 and Klopp addressed speculation by saying: “If Christian would at one point join us, I don’t know.
“But I like him and it’s not like that could be the problem. We respect contracts still and there is no market that I know about in the moment.”
After their disastrous season, Liverpool are expected to rejig their attackers this summer and a swoop for Pulisic would present Klopp with another potent and versatile option.
Of course, Chelsea would be reluctant to sell to their Premier League rivals, but Pulisic clearly wants to start every game and that may not be a possibility under Tuchel.
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