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Pulisic's Form in 2018, Performance Against Hannover 96

Christian Pulisic played OK against Hannover. Not great. And actually maybe a little bit above OK. Because did you see that nutmeg pass he did? I did too. And I shivered slightly when he did it, such was emotion that overcame me. (I'm trying to find a video of it on Twitter and apparently it doesn't exist. I could possibly do it myself but that would require watching the entire game over again, which I don't want to do).

Dortmund don't play again until March 31st against Bayern Munich, and it will be interesting to see if Pulisic starts. Last time Dortmund played Bayern Munich Pulisic was the best player on the field and did something to Arjan Robben from which I imagine Robben's still recovering emotionally.

It's not that I have anything against Arjan Robben, it's just that I have everything against him. He's a diver. He's a conniver. And he's old.

Pulisic's form in 2018 has been less than what people expected/hoped for. I attribute this to a couple things: 1) vestiges of the US' failure to qualify for the world cup, 2) the managerial instability at BVB, 3) the lineup instability at BVB, and 4) and this might be the most important one: Less belief in Pulisic from the new trainer. Tuchel believed in Pulisic. Bosz believed in Pulisic. But I'm not convinced Stoger believes in Pulisic, because Stoger is a bit of a jean's wearing jackass, and I think that affects cha boi. Though self-confidence is one of Pulisic's best qualities, no player is immune to having a coach who doesn't believe in them. It's not that Stoger DOESN'T believe in CP, it's just that he's decided to focus his belief elsewhere, namely, on Andre Schurrle. Wanna see how Pulisic plays with a trainer that has full belief in him? Just watch this video from 2018 against Mexico.

Christ alive.

Anyway, that's all I have for today. Looking to make SoH a dot com soon, which means it'll be huge. Can't wait. 


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