Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has explained the reason behind Christian Pulisic tears in US-Canada during the international break.
Pulisic who is the captain of the USMNT was tearing up after his withdrawal in the clash while score was still at 0-0.
Frank Lampard and Chelsea were blamed for the Americans shading tears but Frank Lampard has revealed that it was not what many thought.
Pulisic scored for the United States in a big win last Saturday but then, having struggled with flu-like symptoms, he was substituted in Wednesday’s defeat by Canada and was seen to be upset.
‘People say he was crying but I know he had a few problems with illness in the week and he came off in the game and I know he cares deeply about playing for his country,’ points out Lampard, ‘so I don’t think we should jump to conclusions on that.
‘Emotion is not the worst thing to see, whichever way it comes out, and I am completely with him. He needs, as every player in the squad does, to work hard in training, keep improving daily in training and see the direction we are going in and be a part it. Players need to show what they can give on a match day, it is the same for all the players, and Christian is no different from anybody else.
‘With Christian he has come to us and it is a big move, let’s make no mistake about that, and he has just turned 21 recently. We have a competitive squad here and I always have a problem who to pick and I make my decisions on training and by how they’re playing.
‘Christian came through at a very young age at Dortmund and huge credit to him doing that. He was playing in a top-level team and there were times when he was in the team and times when he was not. That is part of development.
‘He has come to Chelsea in a similar situation where the demands are huge and the interest from outside is huge and he is a young boy.
‘I see the big picture with Christian, I see it with all the young players – development day to day, getting better, being part of the group, and when you are not playing be positive and have a spirit about you that you want to get back in the team and you support the ones who are playing.
‘Those are things that will make or break us, because we have a talented squad so every player has to go along those lines and that is what I promote.’