Christian Pulisic at Borussia Dortmund!

Discussion in 'Yanks Abroad' started by Balerion, Jun 30, 2014.

  1. theboogeyman

    theboogeyman Member

    Jun 21, 2010
    I agree. He hasn't been bad this year or anything, but his biggest accomplishment was getting 2 draws against real Madrid. Next year, he needs to have them finish #2 in the bundesliga and go out in cl (assuming they qualify) to a clearly superior team in the knockout stage or he deserves to be on the hot seat.
  2. Sam Hamwich

    Sam Hamwich Member+

    Jul 11, 2006
    Have to say one of the strangest Teuchey matches so far.

    It's as if he lives in October 2016 and it is the first match of the year: this is my starting lineup!

    A bit of a limp wristed performance by the coach.
  3. jond

    jond Member+

    Sep 28, 2010
    On My Squatty Potty
    Levski Sofia
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'm not worried. Just open to options.
  4. thedukeofsoccer

    thedukeofsoccer Member+

    Jul 11, 2004
    Youtube: Jimmy Dore, Secular Talk
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Tuchel's lack of investment in d and over-investment in o this offseason is also costing him. That was a rather predictable consequence.

    Then ironically in the big moments he goes pretty defensive/conservative. That hardly fits the roster construction. It's just his go-to when it's a virtual must-win and he plays not to lose or to not lose too badly.
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  5. Bruce S

    Bruce S Member+

    Sep 10, 1999
    I doubt that was Tuchel. That would be the GM or sporting director.
  6. madvillain

    madvillain Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Brooklyn Knights
    Right! That's the indefensible thing to me. If you're going to commit to attacking soccer, youth, then TRUST YOUR VISION.

    To change the lineup today so drastically and to remove the two kids that played a huge, massive role in your success earlier in the competition -- it just doesn't' make any sense.

    Pulisic got around 65 minutes total in the two matches. Dembele got what, about 85? That's just inexcusable.
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  7. appoo

    appoo Member+

    Jul 30, 2001
    It's not like he's going to get players that the Head Coach doesn't say he wants. It probably goes something like this:

    Tuchel: I want young attackers
    Zorc: Not defenders?
    Tuchel: No, attackers
    Zorc: But Humm-
    Zork: OK OK I'll buy some attackers!
  8. schrutebuck

    schrutebuck Member+

    Jul 26, 2007
    Dortmund visit Bayern for the DFB Pokal semifinal on April 26. That competition will be Pulisic's last chance at a club trophy this season.
  9. KenC

    KenC Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    Okay, got it, was just confused by this:
    "not start to run downhill around 28."

    I agree "fizzling out towards your 28th" would be bad, very bad. Starting to run downhill around 28, not so bad.
  10. GoBigBlue88

    GoBigBlue88 Member+

    Feb 11, 2009
    AC Milan
    I don't get Tuchel's selection at all. I've seen it argued that he started with defensive shape/mentality so he could gas Monaco and put Dembele/Pulisic on to run at them and open the floodgates in the second half. But why on EARTH would he trust his backline after the last leg?! He does not have the talent to wear a team out defensively. It's like he's actually never seen Schmelzer play or something.
  11. jond

    jond Member+

    Sep 28, 2010
    On My Squatty Potty
    Levski Sofia
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  12. Bruce S

    Bruce S Member+

    Sep 10, 1999
    yes, but that's in your head. I mean in real life.
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  13. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    Blame UEFA for this. Had Dortmund rescheduled the first game, they might have won. and who knows how the 2nd leg would have gone.
  14. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    I hear a lot of hype about Mbappe? How much of it is true?
  15. Kagler24

    Kagler24 Member+

    Nov 13, 2008
    Los Angeles
    All of it. Best player on the field today by a wide margin imo.
  16. y-lee-coyote

    y-lee-coyote Member+

    Dec 4, 2012
    At the end of the game, Sokratis said "nice game papi" to him, as the rest of the defense bowed.
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  17. ebbro

    ebbro Member+

    Jun 10, 2005
    So much for the silly Sirius XM FC promo going on the past week - "...listen as Christian Pulisic leads Borrussia Dortmund against AS Monaco..."
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  18. Bob Morocco

    Bob Morocco Member+

    Aug 11, 2003
    Billings, MT
    He's a more direct and less elegant or skilled player than Henry but he has been incredibly effective (I think he had the MLS-assist on Falcao's goal). A different former FCB forward may be a better comparison.

    France has been my on-paper favorite since the last Euros at that looks like it could continue to be the case for awhile.
  19. justinpaul10

    justinpaul10 Member+

    Sep 2, 2013
    He was good but I thought their destroyer was better whatever his name is.
  20. bigt8917

    bigt8917 Member+

    May 10, 2015
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  21. KicksNgiggles

    KicksNgiggles Member

    Aug 18, 2016
    Probably South of you
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    That Thomas Lemar kid is quite bright as well. France has a lot of young talent right now.
  22. Midas Mulligan

    Midas Mulligan Member+

    Jul 24, 2013
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Still don't quite see how he didn't control that relatively easy pass where he'd have had another sure goal. No defender in sight, Burki stuck on the wrong side. I think he was mentally celebrating already.
  23. appoo

    appoo Member+

    Jul 30, 2001
    They don't have the all-time generational talent that Spain from 2006 - 2012 had in the form of Iniesta and Xavi (perhaps 2 of the 5 best midfielders of all time) on top of the world class players they had everywhere, but they aren't incredibly far off that mark.

    France is loaded right now. I think the best in the world.
  24. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    France, Spain, Brazil & Argentina are like factories of youth talent.
  25. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    This has been the worst week for German soccer in a long time.

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