Chelsea striker Christian Pulisic reveals how badly he started with Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea star Christian Pulisic has shed light on his troubled relationship with Thomas Tuchel and admitted he was “stunned” after being knocked out in the Champions League semi-final second leg.

The former Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain boss is said to have told Pulisic that he would be resting for a match in Fulham before the second leg of the semi-final against Real Madrid, only to ‘change his mind’ and choose Kai Havertz. European clash instead.

The American had scored a goal in the first leg in Madrid, but had to appear as a substitute in the second leg at Stamford Bridge, something he admitted made him angry with his now former coach.

Christian Pulisic celebrates with the Chelsea bench after his semi-final goal against Real Madrid

“What happened before that match was very disappointing for me,” Pulisic said in his upcoming autobiography “Christian Pulisic: My Journey So Far,” available for purchase on October 18.

“I did really well in the first leg and our next game was against Fulham in the league.

Tuchel told me he was relaxing for me in the second leg and as a result I didn’t play a minute against Fulham.

Then on the match day of the second half, Tuchel told me he had changed his mind and was going with Kai [Havertz]. Frankly, I was stunned and very disappointed.

The USMNT star had a hard time at Chelsea and was denied a window transfer

The USMNT star had a hard time at Chelsea and was denied a window transfer

I thought I would start, and most importantly, he assured me earlier that I would.

“So by the time he dropped me off with about 25 minutes left, I was completely done.”

Chelsea won 2-0 in the second leg to qualify for the final with a 3-1 aggregate score, with Kai Havertz’s goal capturing the Champions League title against Manchester City.

Pulisic testifies that his decisive goal of going would not have been achieved had he complied with Tuchel’s instructions in Madrid.

Former Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel has been relieved of his duties after the loss to Dinamo Zagreb

Former Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel has been relieved of his duties after the loss to Dinamo Zagreb

The untold story behind this goal is that when [Antonio] Rudiger has the ball, and I could see he was looking forward to playing it for a long time at the top and started running to get behind the Madrid defence.

But as I took off on the run, I heard Thomas Tuchel shouting from the sidelines, ‘Christian, stay in the jeep, don’t run! “But I had a feeling I was going to find the space and get to the end of the pass, so I just kept running.

I cut off the front and back of the nacho [Raphaël] Varane. When I got the ball I thought I was going to have to shoot right away but then I realized I had a lot more time than I thought because Nacho ran to cover the goal line and Varane was more concerned about marking the goal. access to the box [Timo] Werner.

England international Mason Mount celebrates with Pulisic in the 2020/21 semi-final first leg

England international Mason Mount celebrates with Pulisic in the 2020/21 semi-final first leg

“So I thought I’d create a better angle for myself by bringing Courtois closer and then being able to pick my spot.”

Despite winning his second last Champions League victory, Tuchel was sent off on 7 September after a loss to Dinamo Zagreb.

Tuchel’s separation from his Chelsea players got to the point where some of them wanted to avoid playing on the same side of the pitch they were playing on.

Sportsmail It was revealed earlier this month that a number of Chelsea players widely disliked playing their former coach’s side of the field.

Pulisic has been backed to make an impact once again at Chelsea by USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter

Pulisic has been backed to make an impact once again at Chelsea by USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter

Players are tired of Tuchel’s “constant barking and grumbling” – and make an exception for the way he groans when they miss a tackle, a cross, an opportunity or not cover fast enough.

Meanwhile, Pulisic hasn’t fared much better in his quest for playing time since Germany’s departure, playing just six minutes in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with RB Salzburg last week.

Although he did get a chance to stretch his legs last Saturday in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Brighton.

North American Football Association coach Greg Berhalter sees an opportunity for Pulisic as Graham Potter now takes charge at Chelsea ahead of the World Cup finals in November.

The American is looking for a steady playing time before the World Cup finals in Qatar in November

The American is looking for a steady playing time before the World Cup finals in Qatar in November

I’m not happy that the guy lost his job. But if it means more chances for Christian, it is positive because he is a man who has proven his ability to perform at this level,” Berhalter told The Associated Press. “We just have to wait and see.”

Even if Potter chooses to attack substitutes for Pulisic, this is unlikely to threaten his participation in this year’s tournament.

“I’m sure there won’t be anything drastic, but there might be a couple of players that pop up,” Berhalter said of the team he plans to take to Qatar.

Pulisic’s father, Mark, was seen hitting the like button on Twitter after Leeds beat Chelsea 3-0 at Island Road last month.

Christian Pulisic's father (left) is known to support his son (right) on Twitter

Christian Pulisic’s father (left) is known to support his son (right) on Twitter

Pulisic came on as a substitute and his dad liked tweets questioning how he would pick players like Kai Havertz and Mason Mount before the USA star.

At the time, American football analyst Alexei Lalas criticized Pulisic’s father’s activity on Twitter. “Christian Pulisic is under the microscope, more than any American player, let’s be honest, in history,” Lalas said on the State of the Union podcast.

Anything that happens around him, directly or indirectly, will be dissected. He (Mark) sometimes liked the tweets criticizing Tuchel, about the time or lack of time Pulisic spent at Chelsea.

Alexei Lalas Pulisic told the father that he is not helping his son's cause with his actions on social media

Alexei Lalas Pulisic told the father that he is not helping his son’s cause with his actions on social media

Pulisic is now a man, and he is no longer the boy we saw. He’s more than capable of fighting his own battle, both on social media and in real life. This shouldn’t be a big deal but don’t think that humans don’t see these things and don’t influence them.

To Mark Pulisic, I would love for you to support your son… but he is a man, who can stand up for himself. He doesn’t need you to do that because of the way you raised him. You can be proud of that.

The Pennsylvania native’s next chance to impress on the field is October 1 when Chelsea play Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

“Christian Pulisic: My Journey so Far” can be pre-ordered over here.