Christian Pulisic is part of Chelsea’s 23-man squad in the United Arab Emirates. (Photo courtesy of Chelsea)
By Michael Lewis
Christian Pulisic was among the 23-players that Chelsea brought to Abu Dhabi for the FIFA Club World Cup on Sunday.
On Friday, Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel had voiced his concerns whether the U.S. men’s national team standout could go from sub-zero temperatures of a World Cup qualifier in St. Paul, Minn. to
Tuchel had said that he would consult with team doctors over whether the U.S. men’s national team forward should go from the freezing cold to the heat of the United Arab Emirates in the Club World Cup to the heat of the United Arab Emirates in a short time.
Tuchel had said he would consult with team doctors about playing at extreme temperatures.
Apparently, the physicians gave the 23-year-old a thumb’s up to travel with the team.
The Blues’ will play Wednesday, when they meet the winners of Sunday’s match between Al Hilal and Al Jazira. Al Hilal is the Asian Champions League winners, while Al Jazira is a UAE representative.
Tuchel, as it turned out, contracted COVID-19 and isolated himself from the squad. He did not coach the team’s 2-1 win over Plymouth Argyle in the F.A. Cup fourth round on Saturday.
Pulisic, who flew across the Atlantic Ocean after the WCQ, did not play in that match.