Thomas Tuchel has laughed off suggestions there is a rift between him and Christian Pulisic, after the Chelsea winger’s father moaned about his son’s lack of game-time.
In a now deleted tweet, Mark Pulisic wrote on Monday: ‘The sad thing is he [Christian] loves this club, teammates, and London.
‘Puts his heart and soul into being a pro. Onwards and upwards my boy. Big six months ahead.’
Christian Pulisic has started just 10 Premier League games this season, and none in the last two months, so speculation over whether he is frustrated with his situation at Stamford Bridge is not without merit.
But Tuchel was adamant that the 23-year-old had not shown any sign of discontent, although he could understand if he was.
‘I am not concerned if a father does not say that the player does not love me!’ the Blues boss joked in his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s match against Wolves.
‘[Is everything okay] with me and the father? Maybe not, I don’t know!
‘Like every manager we have our reasons to choose our line-up, we have our reasons to go for players in the first XI and you will never see in this kind of level of competition happy faces from players who are not selected.
‘I haven’t experienced the same reaction from Christian lately, it was actually the opposite, very strong, very positive in the last weeks.
‘He had a fantastic training week. Between me and Christian there is zero problem.’
Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund for £57million in 2019, the American international has struggled to nail a place in the starting XI for either Tuchel or his predecessor Frank Lampard.
But with 24 goals and 18 assists in his time in England, Pulisic has shown some real quality, and has been an excellent super sub at times.
‘So far, he has had a huge impact from the bench in some matches,’ Tuchel added.
‘It has absolutely nothing to do with any tweet or any reaction from agents or fathers or whatever. I didn’t even know about it because I don’t want my judgement to get affected by it because it has nothing to do with it.
‘In the end the players are responsible to be in the team and stay in the team and I will do my very best to make the right judgement.
‘Am I always right? Perhaps not. Is it always fair? For sure not, but this is what you sign up for in a club like Chelsea.’