Before last season, Christian Pulisic had just one trophy to his name, the 2017 DFB-Pokal from way back in his first full season at Borussia Dortmund. Since, and just in the last couple months and change in fact, Pulisic has added two more, including the biggest prize in club football with Chelsea of course, as well as the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League trophy as captain of the US Men’s National Team.
After repeat disappointments in FA Cup finals (both 2020 and 2021), losing a Gold Cup final against Mexico in 2019, and also being the face of the USMNT’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, Pulisic is starting to taste real success. (Including in terms of endorsements, having just left Nike for Puma, i.e. Pu-ma-lisic, amid much fanfare.)
And oh how sweet that taste is!
“The end of the season is just a time I’ll never forget. I mean, halfway through the season if you were to tell us that we’re winning the Champions League it would have been hard to believe. But the work that we put in, the change in the team and how we all came together, it meant so much more at the end of the season. It was just something that we’ll share with each other forever.
“It was such a special experience and then right after that to then go with the national team and getting my first trophy with them was also just incredible.
“There were finals that we lost the last couple of years and that makes you want to not want that feeling anymore. And now winning, it’s definitely an addictive feeling. And that’s exactly what we want to go after again. We just want to continue to win titles.”
-Christian Pulisic; source: CBS Sports
Winning is a habit and good habits must be actively cultivated. Tuchel is expecting this season to be a greater challenge than last, and he’s probably not wrong. But the players’ attitudes all seem to be in the right place as we begin our journey anew, and that should make for a pretty exciting ten months ahead.
Here we go!