Christian Pulisic claims former Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel left him ‘dumbfounded’ when he went back on a promise to play him in a key Champions League tie.

Pulisic was Chelsea’s star in the 2021 semi-final first leg draw at Real Madrid, a result that set up a memorable night at Stamford Bridge as the Blues booked their spot in the final.

However, Pulisic was then on the bench for the second leg with Kai Havertz coming into the Chelsea lineup, and he has accused Tuchel of misleading him in the run-up to the game.

“What happened before that game was hugely disappointing for me,” Pulisic wrote in his autobiography My Journey So Far. “l’d had a really good first leg performance and our following match was against Fulham in the league.