A monstrous and exhausting performance against Liverpool in the Super Cup may have ended in disappointment, but there were plenty of positives to take from the game, including the performance of Christian Pulisic.
The big-money signing and Chelsea’s only new arrival this summer, Pulisic had shown just glimpses of his quality at Old Trafford over the weekend, but on Wednesday, he showed the promise that prompted Chelsea to spend €64m on him in January much more consistently. He collected the assist on Olivier Giroud’s opening goal, then saw a goal of his own ruled out on a most narrow offside call. Lampard was all praise for the 20-year-old afterwards, and Pulisic seems to be enjoying how things are going as well.
“It’s been great working with [Lampard]. We’ve learned a lot so far and I think you can see the team forming. We have a lot of great players which makes it easier. We’re on a good path. I felt great. To be out there with these guys… they are easy to play with.
“I’m happy that I can get some more minutes in and move forward with this team. I’m going to go in and give my best from the start. I want to make an impact and help whatever way I can. However long that takes, it takes but I want to make an immediate impact.”
Of course, results could be better, but the process is good, confidence remains high, and the players continue to believe wholeheartedly that Chelsea are on the right path. Hard work will eventually earn its reward; we just have to keep faith.
“It was harsh on us. A few things just didn’t go our way, a few decisions and in the end, to lose on penalties, that’s just how it goes. But we can be really proud of how we played. I don’t feel that we had a fair result at Old Trafford either. We’ve been creating enough chances to win these games and we just have to keep going and keep fighting.”
- Christian Pulisic; source: Evening Standard
With Willian coming back from injury and Hudson-Odoi not far behind, Chelsea will not be lacking for quality on the wings and in attack. As long as keep up the great optimism, results will turn in our favour sooner than later.