Christian Pulisic 'trusted' at Dortmund, but must wait for his chance - Tuchel
Thomas Tuchel says Borussia Dortmund fully trust United States international Christian Pulisic, but the teenager will have to wait for his chance in the Bundesliga.
Pulisic, 17, impressed for the United States in their World Cup qualifiers against St. Vincent and the Grenadines, where he contributed two goals in the 6-0 win, and Trinidad and Tobago, where he became the youngest player to start in a World Cup qualifier for the country.
However, his late return to preseason from the Copa America Centenario means he is behind the rest of Dortmund's squad in terms of fitness and, speaking at a news conference in Germany on Friday, Tuchel told reporters Pulisic is unlikely to feature against RB Leipzig this weekend.
"He started preseason late as a 17-year-old," Tuchel said. "This makes being selected for the match day squad harder.
"We are delighted that Christian is that successful for the United States. He's only 17 years, and it's a huge, huge achievement and a confirmation of his talent. To beat those records is testimony to his quality."
But Tuchel also wants Pulisic's achievements at international level to be put into perspective.
"Those were games against St.Vincent and Trinidad," he said. "And if you play against Trinidad, it's not like you have the right to play Bayern in the Super Cup. And he's aware of it. It's difficult enough to cope with all the praise and distraction and to remain open for the normal processes.
"We'd like to think that he stays sensible. We've already trusted him last season. Because he deserved it and not so we can pat ourselves on the back. The trust is there."
Stephan Uersfeld is the Germany correspondent for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @uersfeld.