• Christian Pulisic praised Thomas Tuchel for the changes he has made since taking over Chelsea FC
  • Pulisic is content doing the little things to help Chelsea FC win
  • Pulisic knows he needs to improve on decision-making to contribute to the Blues' run

Christian Pulisic of Chelsea FC wants more playing time, and the USMNT star knows it all starts by making adjustments to Thomas Tuchel. Although he had to go through adversity with an injury-riddled spell, the 22-year-old knows it all starts by trying to blend in.

Chelsea FC has a plethora of players Tuchel could use on offense. However, most have overlooked the fact that the German coach has added a new dimension to the club in the defensive schemes that have been contributing to their success. Pulisic now realizes that and has nothing but praise for the 47-year-old manager.

“Defensively it just felt like we had this feeling about us, as soon as he came in, that ‘okay, maybe we don’t score three goals this game but we can sneak away a 1-0 victory’ and we can be strong and sometimes those are the best wins. I think that has been the main thing,” Pulisic told NBC Sports' Premier League analyst Tim Howard.

For a team that has the likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Mason Mount, Pulisic knows he needs to show Tuchel he deserves to be among the regularly used players. Given that there are multiple options for the German boss, the best he can do is work on dimensions of his game beyond scoring.

“How clinical in my decision making and constantly making the right decisions and helping my team to score goals in the small little opportunities that I get, and that I really make the most of them,” Pulisic quipped.

Right now, Pulisic and Tuchel have a big week ahead. Chelsea will face Aston Villa on the final day, and a win will help the club secure a Champions League qualification for next season.

For the American midfielder, he is set to become the first-ever American to play in the UCL final next weekend when the Blues face Manchester City. He was a key piece for Chelsea FC in the knockout round against Porto and Real Madrid, something that aided Chelsea to reach the final.

“It is a lot of games but we are used to it. We’ve been doing this for months now. Obviously, disappointing result in the FA Cup, but really happy that we could just put things in our own hands. That is the main thing,” Pulisic stated. “This weekend, we go out and we need a good win, and move on from there.”

Thomas Tuchel manager of Chelsea
Thomas Tuchel manager of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park on April 10, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. Getty Images/Marc Atkins