Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel says he was impressed by what Christian Pulisic did over the international break, but that he will have to wait for his chance at Dortmund.
The 17-year-old midfielder impressed for the United States national team as they picked up wins over St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago to secure a spot in the next round of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers. But despite those performances, it sounds like he will have to remain patient at the club level, as he has some stiff competition at Dortmund.
“He started preseason late as a 17-year-old,” Tuchel said. “This makes being selected for the match day squad harder.
“We are delighted that Christian is that successful for the United States. He’s only 17 years, and it’s a huge, huge achievement and a confirmation of his talent. To beat those records is testimony to his quality.”
Although impressed, Tuchel did note that Pulisic’s impressive performances came against some rather weak opposition, and that his play for the USMNT doesn’t automatically warrant him a spot in the starting XI at Dortmund.
“Those were games against St.Vincent and Trinidad,” Tuchel said. “And if you play against Trinidad, it’s not like you have the right to play Bayern in the Super Cup. And he’s aware of it. It’s difficult enough to cope with all the praise and distraction and to remain open for the normal processes.
“We’d like to think that he stays sensible. We’ve already trusted him last season. Because he deserved it and not so we can pat ourselves on the back. The trust is there.”