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Christian Pulisic was expected to start against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi final on Wednesday after his impressive first leg performance and goal.
However, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel opted to start Kai Havertz ahead of Pulisic after the German international scored twice against Fulham.
Tuchel admitted after the 2-0 victory over Real Madrid on Wednesday night that his selection had not gone down well with Pulisic but applauded the USA international for his performance.
“Christian got a bad message for him today,” Tuchel said.
“It was a very tough decision but I’m very happy that Christian turned his anger around into positive energy for the team, helped the team and assisted the decisive goal. So big credit to him.”