Tuchel: Pulisic will require time to change from freezing -16 degrees temperatures after returning from USMNT responsibility.


The winger played three times for the U.S. this week in 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Thomas Tuchel says Christian Pulisic will require time to adapt as the U.S. men's nationwide team star go back to the Chelsea team ahead of games in the FA Cup and Club World Cup.

Pulisic go back to his club after featuring three times for the USMNT, most just recently in a game against Honduras that drew criticism due to the freezing temperatures it happened in.

And, while the winger scored to end the international break on a high, Tuchel states it will now require time for him to rest and to change from frozen Minnesota to the warm Abu Dhabi, where Chelsea are set to head for the Club World Cup in the coming days.

" No, I just was aware of it today, I heard it today," Tuchel stated. "I comprehended it was a little bit of vengeance from the U.S. to the hot temperatures in Honduras.

" I don't understand if I would have been out there training, I'm not so excellent in these kinds of temperature levels and the chill factor was even worse. So I more than happy I was not included-- to scout this team was maybe even worse to be on the tribune.

" For him, to be major, it is rather an adaptation now to go from -16 to Abu Dhabi and +24. And don't forget, him and Thiago Silva did not have a break so they've had some days off now. Christian will get here tomorrow to take a trip with us and then we will see how he adjusts to this extreme change."

Tuchel went on to resolve the fixture pileup that both Pulisic and Silva are dealing with as a result of their international involvement.

Chelsea have actually currently played 37 matches this season after playing 59 times last season en route to their Champions League title.

If you include international matches, Chelsea's players are playing a great deal of football, with Tuchel saying that players like Pulisic and Silva will need time after taking a trip across the Atlantic for World Cup qualifiers.

" For me, yes. Now it has to do with amount and not quality," Tuchel stated. "People want to see quality football and players. For this, they require to be fresh and they can not be injured. That's why we need a leaner schedule. Definitely yes.

" In one year at Chelsea, we had 67 matches or something like this. If you add European matches or qualifiers for the players, the demand and the effort is big. Everyone wishes to see the top players, high-level football however less is in some cases more. I do not have an option however this is my basic viewpoint."

The bigger picture

Pulisic has actually struggled a bit at Chelsea this season, with injuries and irregular positioning causing a drop in form.

He's played 19 times for the Blues this season, scoring three goals, having actually started as a winger, wingback and even as an incorrect nine.

Pulisic's struggles carried over into the first 2 games of the international window, but the winger was able to score a goal in the USMNT's final match against Honduras to head back to Chelsea on a high.

The Blues handle Plymouth on Saturday before heading to Abu Dhabi for the start of the Club World Cup.


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