Chelsea is a Premier League club with little or no patience for failure. Since Roman Abramovich took over the reins at Stamford Bridge, the fastest way to be out of work is for the returns to drop. The Russian oligarch has left many managers in his wake. From Claudio Ranieri through Jose Mourinho to Frank Lampard, making the decision was never too difficult.
It seems that Todd Boehly picked a leaf from his predecessor’s book as he wasted no time in sacking Thomas Tuchel, despite the recent Chelsea slump being the first glitch under the American owner. Perhaps Boehly is trying to remove every vestige of the Roman era and install his app.
While there were players who were the main features of the Tuchel era, there were those who suffered under the German manager and couldn’t wait to see his back. Players like Kai Havertz and Edouard Mendy were a constant feature under Tuchel, but Romelu Lukaku, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic are players whose stock dropped immensely under the German’s reign.
Many issues seem to have happened behind the scenes that caused the form drop for many players. With the departure of Tuchel, there is belief in certain quarters that they will regain their mojo again. One man who shares this belief is United States coach Gregg Berhalter.
Christian Pulisic was at his best form at Borussia Dortmund. The American winger was tearing it up in the Bundesliga, prompting Chelsea to make a move for him. Since the arrival of Pulisic at Stamford Bridge, he has not been able to replicate the form that saw him in great demand. It was worse under Tuchel, who was supposed to bring out the best in Pulisic.
Under Tuchel, Pulisic rarely got games, with doubts emerging over his Chelsea future.
The last game Pulisic played under the German tactician was the 2-1 over Premier League side West Ham. It turned out to be Tuchel’s final Premier League game. With games at a premium for Pulisic, the American winger hopes to get more playing time under the new manager Graham Potter. Pulisic will need to dig into his bag of tricks to impress the new gaffer.
The season has been poor for Pulisic, and it has rubbed off on his national team performance. The American has played only 170 minutes in all competitions this term, but redemption may be around the corner with the arrival of Graham Potter.
One man bold enough to declare his joy at the sacking of Tuchel is Berhalter. The United States coach said he was happy that Tuchel lost his job. Berhalter believes that Tuchel is behind the woes of the American winger and sees his sacking as good riddance to bad rubbish.
According to Berhalter, if the sacking of Tuchel means more games for Pulisic, it is positive. The winger has proven that he can perform at that level.
Pulisic is a massive part of Berhalter’s plans for the World Cup, and the United States coach prays the 23-year-old features more for Chelsea to build up his form and fitness. The US plays their first World Cup game against Wales on November 21.