Christian Pulisic’s verdict on Thomas Tuchel replacing Frank Lampard at Chelsea emerges

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Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic is looking forward to working under Thomas Tuchel again, according to reports. Tuchel looks set to be confirmed as the new Chelsea boss this week. The German will replace Frank Lampard, who was sacked by the Blues on Monday following a run of five defeats in eight Premier League matches.

Tuchel only left Paris Saint-Germain a month ago, where he was replaced by former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.

But it appears the 47-year-old will soon be back in work in the Premier League for the first time.

Pulisic was given his professional debut by Tuchel in 2016 and was key in winning the German cup – the only piece of silverware Tuchel won as Borussia Dortmund boss – a year later.

USA international Pulisic was a regular under Tuchel until he was sacked by Dortmund just three days after that final.

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After an injury-hit first season at Chelsea, the 22-year-old has struggled for form this term.

But it appears he is excited by the prospect of working under Tuchel again.

“Christian and Tuchel had a good relationship at Dortmund,” Pulisic’s camp told CBS Sports.

“Obviously Tuchel gave Christian his chance as a young player.

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“In Christian’s last match for Tuchel, he won the penalty that resulted in Dortmund winning the German Cup, the last trophy Dortmund have won.

“If Tuchel does end up at Chelsea then the obvious benefit Christian and Thiago Silva will have is they know exactly how Tuchel works.”

Lampard lasted 18 months at Chelsea before being relieved of his duties.

Owner Roman Abramovich explained the decision in a statement on the club’s official website.

Abramovich said: “This was a very difficult decision for the Club, not least because I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and I have the utmost respect for him’.

“He is a man of great integrity and has the highest of work ethics. However, under current circumstances we believe it is best to change managers.

“On behalf of everyone at the Club, the Board and personally, I would like to thank Frank for his work as Head Coach and wish him every success in the future.

“He is an important icon of this great club and his status here remains undiminished. He will always be warmly welcomed back at Stamford Bridge.”

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