Chelsea News: Christian Pulisic hopes he’s earned team-mate’s respect after first goals for the club

The U.S. international says scoring was a relief, but reiterated that he’s not at the club to replace Eden Hazard

Chelsea new boy Christian Pulisic has admitted he felt he needed to prove himself to his team-mates, but thinks scoring his first goals for the club in a pre-season friendly against Red Bull Salzburg may have gone some way to doing so.

Pulisic has been the only new face on the playing staff at Chelsea as they deal with a transfer ban imposed by UEFA. He was signed in January from Dortmund, and the pressure of moving to the Premier League has been intensified by the departure of Eden Hazard from Stamford Bridge.

The United States international doesn’t see himself as Hazard’s replacement though, wanting to be seen as his own man.

“It was a big relief to score my first goals for Chelsea,” the 20-year-old said.

“Being a new signing and coming into the club, I felt I needed to prove myself and wanted to show the guys early on, especially my team-mates, that I can play too. Hopefully I have done that a bit and earned their respect.

“It’s what I’m out there to do. I’m in an attacking position. I want to score goals, I want to help with assists and do a lot of good things.

“I’m not trying to fill the gap left by Eden, he was an unbelievable soccer professional. I want to be my own soccer professional, to look at me like that, do the best I can for the team.”

One figure in the stands of Wednesday’s game was Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

Pulisic was introduced to the Russian by new Blues manager Frank Lampard, but he says the billionaire’s presence didn’t influence him on the pitch.

“I wasn’t thinking about the owner being there when I scored. But it’s great, he said ‘hello’ to us after and it was a good night. He said ‘welcome to the club’, just being nice.”

One soccer professional that Pulisic has already developed a relationship with has been Ross Barkley.

Ross Barkley Chelsea 2019-20

Article continues below

The England international provided an inch-perfect pass to the American for his second goal and he was quick to praise the ex-Everton man.

“He’s an easy guy to play with,” he added. “I wasn’t sure that he was going to see that pass for the goal, but he picked me out from, I don’t know how far away it was.

“It was perfect. We had a good connection today.”



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Next Post

Transfer news and rumours LIVE: City to demand £145m for Sane

Fri Aug 2 , 2019
Bayern in pursuit of Germany international Manchester City have reportedly set Leroy Sane’s asking price at £145m as Bayern Munich look to capture the forward, claims The Sun. The Germany international has long been linked this off-season with a move to the Bundesliga champions but the Premier Legue title holders […]
%d bloggers like this: