"I know what I have to do when I get on the field," Pulisic told CBS Sports in his postgame interview. "I have to get on the field and do my bit, be creative and try to finish the game off strong. Luckily, I was able to do that."
He did not hide his feelings about not starting.
"I was very frustrated," Pulisic said. "There's not much else to say. I wanted to play from the beginning, as I always do. I've had to continue to prove myself, over and over again. As always, I reach out to God, and He gives me strength. With that behind me, nothing can stop me, really."
Tuchel liked how Pulisic channeled his anger in a positive way.
“It was a very tough decision against Christian today," he said afterwards, "[but] I’m very happy that Christian turned his anger around into positive energy for the team, helped the team, and assisted the decisive goal. So big credit to him (and the whole team).”
Tuchel's rationale for starting the 6-foot-2 Havertz ahead of Pulisic worked out. He picked the 21-year-old German based on his recent form -- he scored both goals in Saturday's 2-0 win over Fulham -- and his ability in the air and hold-up play.
"Christian got a bad message for him today, unfortunately," Tuchel said in his pregame interview, "but I'm pretty sure we need more than 11 players to sneak through today."