After fine recent performances, it seemed like a lock for American Christian Pulisic to start for Chelsea on Wednesday against Real Madrid in the Champions League semifinal. After all, he was fantastic in the first leg and scored a vital away goal with a fine finish. So, most people were surprised when we reported that he would begin the match on the bench in favor of Timo Werner, Mason Mount and Kai Havertz. 

Pulisic, who came off the bench and bagged an assist to help Chelsea advance to the Champions League final with a 2-0 win, was just as surprised, it seems, saying he was very frustrated.