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What a lovely little ball for the 4th that was.

Read an article today that shows at present his productivity with and without the ball is overall pretty poor compared to the other players in his position. He averages fewer tackles per 90 mins

Everyone has their opinion and I respect that but I just find his apprehension (if that's the right word) towards Pulisic somewhat bemusing. Loan him out to learn his trade? Really? If Pulisic was som

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It’s amazing that he just needs 5 more goals here to eclipse the overall tally of his entire Bundesliga career. In only a fifth of the number of Games. 
Facing the step up to a harder league, some fail or stagnate...and some just fucking own it. 

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9 minutes ago, Magic Lamps said:

It’s amazing that he just needs 5 more goals here to eclipse the overall tally of his entire Bundesliga career. In only a fifth of the number of Games. 
Facing the step up to a harder league, some fail or stagnate...and some just fucking own it. 

Nah, the Premier League is a pub league. The Bundesliga is better. :ph34r:

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Christian Pulisic tells Sky Sports how he learned from early-season struggles, made sure he'd hit the ground running after lockdown, and what Frank Lampard's side need to become Premier League contenders... (more on stats in link below)

https://www.skysports.com/football/story-telling/11668/12025231/christian-pulisic-on-restart-form-with-chelsea-and-premier-league-dreams

"I always had that mindset: it was going to start back up and I was going to be ready."

Christian Pulisic has hit the ground running since the Premier League restart. Arguably the form player in the top flight since football resumed, the Chelsea attacker has scored three goals, won two penalties, and helped the Blues up to third in the table.

Speaking with Sky Sports last week, his manager Frank Lampard praised the 21-year-old's attitude. "He's come back really hungry," said the Chelsea boss. "He's come back with real desire about him and a sharpness in his game." There's no doubting the American was desperate to get back on the pitch after a longer layoff than most.

Injured in early January, Pulisic was just returning to fitness when the coronavirus lockdown suspended the Premier League in March. But patience, persistence and a lot of hard work during the break has allowed him to now demonstrate the fantastic ability he has.

"I had that first game on my mind," he tells Sky Sports, when asked how he got himself physically and mentally ready to seize his opportunities after the restart. "I was really hungry the whole time to get back and get back on the field. I was training hard and I'm really happy now to be able to make an impact.

"I was able to get some work in back in the States, as well, and be able to continue to work on my game but also rehabbing and making sure I was 100 per cent fit and ready to go. So during a really tough time for a lot of people, that was the one positive thing that I could do for myself."

There's a maturity to Pulisic's mentality, perhaps honed by beginning his career as a teenager in Germany, a long way from home, and this is a young player who sees the bigger picture - on the pitch, in his own development, and in the world around him.

As well as preparing for a return to football, time back in his native Pennsylvania during the lockdown was treasured as a chance to spend rare time with family and also make a positive impact on his hometown community, with Pulisic involved in a project to deliver food packages to his local hospital.

"It was really good [to be back in the United States]," he says. "Obviously it's a lot of tough times for people all over the world during all this, so I was doing what I can when I was back home with my local hospital and helping people who were putting their life on the line and helping us through all of this.

"It's always good to give thanks and show your appreciation to people like that and also spending some time with family during tough times was also really important. Being home and being with your family is always really nice times we can cherish."

But Pulisic also had a point to prove. Signed for £58m before being loaned back to Borussia Dortmund in January 2019, there were high expectations the USA captain would offset the departure of Eden Hazard when he kicked off his Chelsea career last August.

There were flashes of his talent early on but a combination of a late start to pre-season due to USA's run to the final of the Gold Cup and the challenges of adapting to the Premier League saw Chelsea's high-profile new arrival struggle to nail down a starting spot. He made the first XI for just three of Chelsea's opening 12 Premier League and Champions League games.

An assist in the standout win away to Ajax in the Champions League in October and a subsequent perfect hat-trick at Burnley shifted the narrative, though, and by January his injury came as a real blow to Chelsea.    

"When I came in, you don't know what to expect but I was working hard through it all and wanted to be on that field," Pulisic says, as he reflects on his eventful first season in England. "I thought I had a few good games here and there. Maybe my confidence wasn't fully there, I wasn't fully ready for the whole thing.

"But I've just learned and taken every experience little by little throughout the season. I just want to continue to grow as a player. I'm feeling really good right now and my confidence is high and that's most important.

"I feel more and more trusted by my team-mates, which is really important for me and it feels great."

That scintillating form of recent weeks has Chelsea fans excited about what the future holds for their young attacker. Pulisic rejects the comparisons with Hazard, who managed nine goals in his first season with Chelsea - also as a 21-year-old - but he has a steely determination to maximise his potential at Stamford Bridge.

"He's an unbelievable player," Pulisic says of Hazard. "It's pretty obvious what he accomplished at this club and I'm not trying to compare myself to that. What's important for me now is winning games and having an impact for my team.

"I'm really happy I can do that as of recent and my style is always going to continue to be that very attacking-minded and creative kind of player. I'm happy I can help the team any way I can.

"I want to be a part of this team. Every day in training I work hard because I want to start and I want to be on the field and I want to create goals and I want to score goals. That's where I want to be. I want to continue to make a big impact every week and every game."

That's just what Chelsea need right now, with games coming thick and fast and so much riding on each fixture. With Leicester and Manchester United right behind them, there is little margin for error in the final four games if Chelsea are to finish in a Champions League qualifying spot.

A trip to a revived Sheffield United on Saturday evening - live on Sky Sports - will be another tricky test but Pulisic says Chelsea were given a wake-up call by their surprise defeat at West Ham at the start of July and are motivated to finish the season in style.

"That West Ham game just gave us that little boost and say, 'hey, we've got to be focused every single game,' and we've got to be ready to go now and get results," he said. "They're right on our tail now.

"But there's a lot of positivity. Finishing in that third spot is where we want to be, and we want to go on and win the FA Cup."

A piece of silverware and a top-four finish would be some achievement for Lampard and this young developing Chelsea squad.

Pulisic says learning from Lampard has been a real asset for the club's rising stars - "I watched him growing up; he has a lot of information he can pass on, it's awesome" - and with new signings Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech set to link up with the group ahead of next season, there is a growing sense of momentum in west London.

Pulisic is relishing the arrival of Werner and Ziyech - despite the added competition they'll bring in his favoured wide areas - and says Chelsea are aspiring to build towards the high-level consistency of Liverpool and Manchester City to become contenders for the Premier League in the near future.

"I'm excited to work with them," he says. "It's fun to play with good players, it's easy to play with them and those are two guys we know that are really talented guys so I'm really looking forward to it. We can have a really strong team next season.

"I think there's still work that needs to be done [to catch Liverpool and Man City]. You can see this year that those two, especially Liverpool, have been just so consistent and dominant and that's right where we want to be.

"We want to continue to be that consistent team week in week out, in tough games, midweek games. We want to be ready and be up for the challenge always. And that's what it’s going to take. We still have our work to do but that's where we want to be.

"We want to continue to win trophies, that's always a goal. We want to continue to be a strong team, contending for that Premier League title."

With that mix of attitude and ability, Pulisic and Chelsea have a great chance of achieving those aims. 

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10 hours ago, Magic Lamps said:

It’s amazing that he just needs 5 more goals here to eclipse the overall tally of his entire Bundesliga career. In only a fifth of the number of Games. 

Just looked at the stats and on top of his Bundesliga record, he needs only 11 more goals to eclipse his overall goal tally for Dortmund.

DORTMUND
127 games
19 goals (13 in league)
26 assists (18 in league)

CHELSEA
29 games
9 goals (8 in league)
6 assists (2 in league)

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I know many mentioned Kovacic as player of the year but for me Pulisic with no doubt.

Argument was minutes played before but now Kovacic has just 338 minutes more in the league.

So Pulisic, Kova and Willian (as much as I dont like him) as top 3 players this season.

 

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For all the comparison between Pulisic and Hazard, there is one thing the former does that the latter doesn't. Defending. Pulisic might not be great at it (yet?) but he certainly is willing to get stuck in and help the team defend. 

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38 minutes ago, Jason said:

For all the comparison between Pulisic and Hazard, there is one thing the former does that the latter doesn't. Defending. Pulisic might not be great at it (yet?) but he certainly is willing to get stuck in and help the team defend. 

Playing in a more counterattacking orientated Dortmund team probably helped that where as Hazard was afforded more of a luxury role at Lille with that regards and they were more a possession based team particularly his final season. Theres nothing wrong with that but weve also seen games (ie under Jose when Atletico put us out the CL) where Eden let his man go and it didnt help. Pulisic will get a bit mire of that freedom eventually I do feel but we have try and be a more proactive team like City or Liverpool where they do the pressure in packs very quickly after losing the ball and not sit off chasing fullbacks for instance.

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I think wingers playing defense in overrated thing.

I mean even the worst wingers in defending cannot cost you more than 2 or 3 goals per season?

Willian is knows as best in this and even he cost us sometimes.

Example:

 

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8 hours ago, OneMoSalah said:

Playing in a more counterattacking orientated Dortmund team probably helped that where as Hazard was afforded more of a luxury role at Lille with that regards and they were more a possession based team particularly his final season. Theres nothing wrong with that but weve also seen games (ie under Jose when Atletico put us out the CL) where Eden let his man go and it didnt help. Pulisic will get a bit mire of that freedom eventually I do feel but we have try and be a more proactive team like City or Liverpool where they do the pressure in packs very quickly after losing the ball and not sit off chasing fullbacks for instance.

When I said Pulisic can do defending better than Hazard, I don't mean he has to start tracking all the way back to our defensive box of course. Last thing we need is for him to spend all his energy doing that and be dead on his feet when arriving in the attacking third. It's just the little things like pressing from front (having played for Dortmund obviously helps), putting challenges in, getting stuck in.

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I was just looking at the stat for far in PL comparing Eden Hazard with Christian Pulisic during first season at Chelsea with about the same age: 21.

Hazard: Appearances: 34; Goals : 9; Assists: 11

Pulisic: Appearances: 23; Goals: 8; Assists: 5

If we extrapolate by simple rule of thumbs, it would mean for Pulisic:

Pulisic: Appearances: 34; Goals: 12; Assists: 7.

Not bad, isn't it? Maybe he will turn out to be better than Hazard. Hopefully, he won't be seriously injured again and show consistency.

 

 

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I was just looking at the stat for far in PL comparing Eden Hazard with Christian Pulisic during first season at Chelsea with about the same age: 21.
Hazard: Appearances: 34; Goals : 9; Assists: 11
Pulisic: Appearances: 23; Goals: 8; Assists: 5
If we extrapolate by simple rule of thumbs, it would mean for Pulisic:
Pulisic: Appearances: 34; Goals: 12; Assists: 7.
Not bad, isn't it? Maybe he will turn out to be better than Hazard. Hopefully, he won't be seriously injured again and show consistency.
 
 
He'll score around as much as hazard in my view (remembering hazard took penalties)

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12 minutes ago, King Kante said:

Been thinking about Puli's marketing potential. Surely next season, if Willian does leave, he will be given the No.10, no? 

Hopefully...

Also I imagine no more Asia and Australia for per season. I think we will spend every summer in the next couple of years in US.

Too bad it is not possible this summer due to Covid.

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Best player on Chelsea and CONTSTANTLY TREATED LIKE SHIT BY HIS YANK HATING MANAGER. If I was Pulisic, I wouldn't trust FL two shits about how I fit into his system for next year. This kid can start ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, except at his own club. SMH

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