Crystal Palace 2-4 Chelsea
The American international Pulisic scored a hat-trick for his first goals in his Premier League career. After a rough start with Chelsea, Pulisic, transferred from Borussia Dortmund this summer, is getting good minutes with his new clubs.
The USMNT international has appeared in 10 games thus far this season with Chelsea. He scored 3 goals and delivered 5 assists for Frank Lampard’s team. More importantly he played a crucial role in the last few ganes, assisting on the 1-0 victory at Ajax [to Batshuayi goal] and scoring the first three goals at Burnley [2-4].
Chelsea has won their last 5 games including 4 Premier League matches. The Blues are back to top 4 with 20 points in 10 games.
Coach Lampard on the recent dynamic:
“We knew it would be a tough match. It’s easy to take the small gloss off it with two goals late on, but it doesn’t take any gloss off for me. For the 95 per cent of the game we played some outstanding football in at a really tough place to play, was what made me very happy.
We put a lot of hours in, and in the last two or three days, the players themselves have been professional about how they have recovered and picked themselves up to come to Burnley.”
Pulisic was not [little] playing at the beginning of the season with Chelsea. His hard work and commitment got rewarded and coach Lampard has full confidence in him as he comments:
“There’s been a lot of talk around Christian because of the big price tag, the fact he’s a star in his country and captain of the USA national team.
I know his back-story and the pressures of a move like that. I also know that he’s played for his country throughout the summer and only had one week’s break.
I’ve tried to deal with it in the way I see best, which is to give him minutes. He has played games this season already but I’ve also got competition in that area. I need them all trying to perform when they get in the team. Christian has been doing that recently from the bench. He fully deserved his start today and it was a fantastic match-winning performance.
I know what a good player he is because I see it close up every day. There are obviously things that he has to learn and improve because he’s just turned 21. It’s the same as all the other young players, but he knows that and he knows I’m driving that daily in training.”