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Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic has been slammed for comments he made following USA’s defeat to Mexico.
Pulisic played the full 90 minutes as USA lost 3-0 to Mexico at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
Speaking to the media after the loss to Mexico, Pulisic said: “We still play with fear against them, and that is what I can’t really live with.
“That needs to change.”
ESPN FC pundit Alejandro Moreno slammed Pulisic for the comments and insists the American should have done something about it before the game, rather than use it as an excuse afterwards.
Moreno said: “First of all I would ask Christian and I’d say ‘okay, you’re in that locker room, you’re in the preparation for this game, you are, by definition, if not by age but by definition because of your stature of a player, you are one of the leaders in this team, you are the reference point’.
“So maybe, don’t leave it until after the game to tell me how you guys played with fear but do something before it happens and address it before it happens, because then it’s too late, it’s too late.
“It’s too late for the Gold Cup, it’s too late for this game and it will be too late as the games come by between the US and Mexico.
“I just find that it’s a reaction that it’s probably one you would expect if you think of looking for reasons as to why it didn’t go well.
“Maybe he doesn’t see it as an excuse, maybe he’s just simply stating the fact that he senses that the team has fear playing Mexico.
“If that’s the case, if that’s indeed the truth, never mind the talent disparity, never mind not playing out from the back, you have a bigger issue, a bigger hurdle that you have to get over before you start thinking about playing out from the back and before you start thinking about the talent disparity.”