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Tuchel on why Havertz and Pulisic deserve credit for their recent fine form

Christian Pulisic is one of many players to have seen an upturn in his Chelsea form in recent weeks, with a goal in both legs of our Champions League knockout tie against Lille, and Thomas Tuchel believes the American is now starting to take more responsibility on the pitch.

The boss has likened Christian’s recent performances to Kai Havertz’s and has heaped praise on the duo, specifically their attitude and desire to impact matches at the top end of the pitch more frequently.

‘Christian was in the same situation as Kai,’ the Bavarian said. ‘Both of them took the responsibility for the turnaround, so it is their responsibility, and they deserve the credit. They did amazingly and you can see it on the pitch.

‘If the players step up their responsibility on a daily basis and fight heavily for it and accept no excuses for themselves, and dig into the situation and dig their way out, then they will have our full support.

‘Once this happens it is of course sometimes a give and take, and then a positive cycle of improvement and support and you get the positive feedback and that is where Christian is at the moment.

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