Chelsea fans question Christian Pulisic mentality and spot Alvaro Morata similarities | Football | Sport
Chelsea fans fear Christian Pulisic may follow the same trajectory as Alvaro Morata at Stamford Bridge after being spotted in tears following his substitution for the US men’s national team yesterday.
The Blues ace was left frustrated at coach Gregg Berhalter after being replaced on the hour mark in the CONCACAF Nations League clash, with Pulisic visibly upset after taking his place on the bench.
The 2-0 defeat in Toronto was the US’ first loss to their northern neighbours in 34 years, with both goals coming after the 21-year-old Chelsea star had been hooked.
Golden Boy nominee Aphonso Davies, of Bayern Munich, netted the Canadians’ first in the 63rd minute, before Lucas Cavallini wrapped up all three points in stoppage time.
After the match, head coach Berhalter claimed Pulisic was suffering from flu, hence his early substitution, but Chelsea fans were still left questioning the star’s mentality in wake of the defeat.
And many feared the former Borussia Dortmund man would follow in the footsteps of Morata after comparisons were made between the pair’s mindsets.
The Spaniard, who is on loan at Atletico Madrid from Chelsea, had his mental state questioned by former boss Maurizio Sarri whilst at Stamford Bridge, with the now Juventus boss claiming the striker had to overcome his ‘fragile’ mentality.
After netting a brace against Crystal Palace last December, Sarri said of Morata: “He is a little bit fragile, from the mental point of view,” and Blues supporters are worried Pulisic could prove similar.
One fan wrote: “Is Pulisic another case of Morata Weak Mentality? I guess this is the test but doesn’t look good.”
Another added: “I feel for Pulisic, if not managed correctly another Morata incoming? It’s tough. Everything in life is mental.”
While a third fan agreed: “Pulisic reminds me of Morata. Both have excellent ability but easily rattled by comments. Lack of game time puts serious doubt in their head.
“Do you not remember Morata’s final days at Chelsea? Lampard needs to be very careful.”
They added: “Morata isn’t a bad player at all, it’s mental with him. He was ruined by that. With Pulisic early signs are already there.”
Another fan held back judgement over Pulisic’s mindset however, as a strong response in the next few weeks could prove his resolve.
They wrote: “You cannot manage a mentality. Fans will come criticising Pulisic they same way they did Morata.
“Either Pulisic stands up defiant like Jorginho did it he cowers into his shell like Morata. Either he has it or he doesn’t. Simple.”