Pulisic grateful for first team chance

Borussia Dortmund youngster Christian Pulisic expressed his gratitude to the club’s coaching staff for giving him the chance to show what he can do in the first team.

The 17-year-old started three matches in April, scoring twice and catching the eye of United States national team boss Jurgen Klinsmann.

“The first goal was just an amazing feeling, especially a home game scoring in front of 80,000 people,” Pulisic told the Bundesliga’s official website.

“I would have never expected something like this a few years ago – even last year – it has just been amazing to have the opportunities.

“I’m so grateful to the coaches that they let me go out onto the field. They trust me and believe in me.

“Everyone tells me how young of a player I am and that it is crazy I am playing, but I don’t see myself as some really young kid with the pros, I just try to be a part of the team and I think it is the best to act like you are one of them.

“He [Tuchel] has helped me a lot along the way. Obviously, I’m a very young player and it is nice to have a good coach who trusts you and supports you. He has helped me to become a much better player I hope I can become the best I can be under his reign.

“I want the team to be successful, I want to be a team player whether playing or not playing and have a great season as a team,” he concluded.

BVB have two Bundesliga games against Eintracht Frankfurt and 1. FC Köln before finishing the season with the DFB-Pokal final against FC Bayern München on May 21.