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USA boss claims Christian Pulisic will benefit from Thomas Tuchel axe | Football

The German was relieved of his duties and replaced by Graham Potter (Image: Getty)

The sacking of Thomas Tuchel as Chelsea manager could be “positive” news for one of the club’s struggling stars if Graham Potter is ready to give the squad a clean slate.

The German coach was sacked on Wednesday morning following his side’s surprise 1-0 defeat at Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League the night before.

Chelsea also started their Premier League season indifferently, although off-field troubles and a breakdown in the relationship between Tuchel and the club’s new owners are believed to have been the deciding factors.

Todd Boehly wasted no time in bringing in a replacement and Graham Potter was confirmed as the new manager just under 24 hours after Tuchel was sacked.

While the 49-year-old’s departure came as a surprise to many, there is a feeling his departure could allow a number of players who were sidelined during his tenure to rise to prominence and perhaps even flourish.

Above all Christian Pulisic, who was used sporadically by Tuchel and apparently lost a lot of self-confidence.

The American, suspended for the summer exit, has only been selected to start once this season while he has even been used as a right-back against Southampton in his scattergun backup appearances.

Chelsea star Christian Pulisic

Pulisic wanted to leave Chelsea due to lack of opportunities (Picture: Getty)

However, USMNT coach Greg Berhalter is hopeful the coaching change could also change Pulisic’s fortunes if he gets regular playing time, which he was denied under Tuchel.

Asked if Tuchel’s departure could benefit the American winger, Berhalter told The Associated Press: “I’m not happy that a man has lost his job but if that means more opportunities for Christian then it’s positive.

“He’s a guy who has proven he can perform at this level. We’ll just have to wait and see.’

Chelsea’s decision drew criticism from others, however, as Mainz sporting director Christian Heidel – who had worked with Tuchel at the German club – slammed the new owners of the west London club.

He told BILD: “With Thomas, it came out of the blue. The dismissal is grist to the mill of those who are against investors in football. It was purely an investor decision.

“Someone who doesn’t know anything about football probably thought sixth place wasn’t good enough for them and said: ‘Then let’s try another coach.’

“After only six games, I can’t think of any other reason. But Chelsea will bitterly regret this decision – you don’t get such a good coach again that quickly.”

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