Christian Pulisic had a hand in both of the goals that saw Borussia Dortmund take a 2-0 lead against Werder Bremen before half time, only to concede two second half goals and settle for a 2-2 draw, thus effectively confirming Bayern Munich, who are 4 points ahead with 2 games to go, as the champions.
Pulisic started the game as a right wing-back, something he hasn’t done since a handful of games last season under Peter Bosz, but which is further testament to his versatility, and it didn’t take long for the decision to pay dividends.
Ed. note: False alarm. While Pulisic has played wing-back on the previous occasions mentioned, he was on the left wing today.
Pulisic did not play wing back today. He was a LW.— Jackson Fuller-SNV (@StarNewsVarsity) May 4, 2019
In the 6th minute, Pulisic received a pass from Thomas Delaney and set off on a solo run that saw him nutmeg Milos Veljkovic before calmly slotting past the goalkeeper from inside the area.
Then, in the 39th minute, Pulisic won a free kick in a dangerous position, from which Paco Alcacer scored to double BVB’s lead. We’ll give that one as an assist for Captain America. He could have had another assist, but his far post cross was sent over the bar with the goal wide open.
While Dortmund came away with an unsatisfactory result, Pulisic, who’s been dealing minor but annoying injuries all season, produced some excellent two-way play. His relentless running up and down the pitch, and his terrific acceleration from a standing position were a treat to watch all game.
Christian Pulisic against Bremen -— The Chelsea Chaps (@chelseachaps) May 4, 2019
Goals - 1
Key Passes - 2
Chances Created - 1
Shots on target - 3
Successful Dribbles - 5
Duels won - 15 (no typo)
Fouls won - 5
Tackles - 1
Won the free-kick for the 2nd also.
Top drawer display from Captain America. pic.twitter.com/bbsLSU86ow
Pulisic now has 6 goals and 5 assists in all competitions while clocking only 1521 minutes, making it a goal contribution every 138 minutes.
That sort of average won’t go amiss at Chelsea next season, especially with Hazard looking likely to depart, Hudson-Odoi set to miss at least part of next season, and the rest of our current forwards all on the wrong side of 30 ... all the while we’ve yet to hear a decision regarding the transfer ban.
Here’s hoping Captain America will rise to the occasion in Chelsea colours as well. Whatever it takes!