|Org||USA National Team|
|Club as Player||Chelsea FC|
2016 09 09 Retrieve
[Midfielder Christian Pulisic tells reporters his 18th birthday plans after USA’s 4-0 rout of Trinidad and Tobago. Pulisic became USA’s youngest ever player to start in a World Cup qualifier in that match] I’m going to a Justin Bieber concert on my birthday. I just got them [tickets] actually, so I’m excited
2017 07 29 Retrieve
[Christian Pulisic speaks about his hopes for the upcoming season] We’ve got a big chance to win the league this coming season. Last season was a good step in my development. I want to build on that. I don’t feel the pressure from the fans or media. Only I can put pressure on myself, but I’m trying to keep a lid on things as much as possible
2017 11 18 Retrieve
[Christian Pulisic reflects on the Stars and Stripes’ failure to qualify for Russia 2018] And I am sure of this: The path to the U.S. winning a World Cup - it doesn’t start with having ‘more talent’. It starts with developing the talent that we already have, in the right way
2017 12 23 Retrieve
[Christian Pulisic on being named USA men’s player of the year, the youngest player to receive the award] It’s amazing, something I’m very proud of. It’s been a crazy journey. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen in the next few months. I’m just really excited about starting the new year. I think I’m ready to make another step, and hopefully some success will come with that
2018 05 26 Retrieve
[Christian Pulisic talks about USA’s failure to qualify for the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1986] There could be a lot of small pieces. It’s hard to say exactly. I think we put ourselves in a good spot and we made a mistake in the final game. That’s how it went. We weren’t focused. We weren’t ready to come out and finish the job. That’s really all there was. It’s my biggest dream as a soccer player, I always wanted to play in the World Cup. You can imagine how I feel about that
2019 01 12 Retrieve
[Christian Pulisic speaks about his decision to move to Chelsea FC after the conclusion of the current season with Borussia Dortmund] This was a big dream of mine, and I feel this was the right time to make this step. I’m excited to go be able to speak my first language on a day-to-day basis [laughing]. Something as simple as that, you don’t notice it, but it’s nice at times
2019 07 01 Retrieve
[Christian Pulisic dons the armband and leads by example in USMNT win against Curacao] I just really wanted to show the team that I was there, and I wanted to lead the team right from the start. I wanted the team to kind of gain some energy off that, being a great start. I just wish we could have put away a few more of those chances in the beginning, myself as well, but in the end we got the win.
[The 1-0 victory was the second straight 1-0 result after Wednesday’s 1-0 win against Panama] Not every game is going to go perfectly. Curacao did a really good job when they had the ball. They were very calm with the ball. They moved it really well and they built out of the back well. They made us defend a lot, and it was tough, but like I said, in the end we need to finish more chances towards the beginning of the game to make it easier on ourselves, but now we’re on to the next one
[The Americans move on to Wednesday’s Gold Cup semifinal against Jamaica, a rematch of the 2017 Gold Cup final won by the USMNT] We know what we need to work on. Today wasn’t exactly our day, it didn’t flow as it did in the last few games offensively, but we’re going to find that rhythm. Today, if we score a few more goals early in that game it’s a completely different game. It opens up and we’re able to be much more calm. They did a good job defending us, they were calm on the ball and they were able to keep the ball for stretches, it was not easy for us, but in the end we won the game
2019 07 18 Retrieve
[Christian Pulisic believes he has the tools which will allow him to do ‘really well’ in the Premier League and help Chelsea forget about the departure of Eden Hazard] I just want to get started. It’s going to be a huge change but I have people around me that are going to be there for me and to support me, so I’m just super excited for a new challenge and a new chapter in my life. I know it’s going to be tough but I also know it’s going to be a lot fun. I think I have a lot of speed and creativity that I can bring to the game; quickness and different attacking abilities that can really help the team. I think I have some tools that can really do well in this league [Premier League]. I just can’t wait
When I think of this club, there’s a lot of great players that come to mind. I grew up watching Frank Lampard and all of those guys at the top of their game in the Premier League and in the Champions League. To me, Chelsea were always one of the biggest teams and now to be playing here, it’s really come full circle from that moment. It feels amazing
2019 07 19 Retrieve
[Despite the end result, which saw Kawasaki Frontale snatch a late victory thanks to former Brazil striker Leandro Damiao, Pulisic himself was pleased to finally get his debut under his belt] I’m really happy to be here with the team, and to get an actual match for the first time feels really good. We wanted to come out with a win, but I’m definitely happy. They were very good opponents. As you saw, they tested us for 90 minutes and scored a good goal in the end. It was a tough one, but that’s why we’re training and getting ready for the season. We want to try and progress in every game and get more and more match fit, and I think that helped us out today. It’s been tough getting into things, but I’m feeling really good. It’s great to work with the coach and all these guys - it has tested me and I’m having a great time so far. I grew up watching him (Lampard), so to have him here giving me pointers and helping the team - it’s awesome to have him around. It’s nice to have a guy that we can really relate to
2019 07 20 Retrieve
[Christian Pulisic insists he has not been acquired by Chelsea as a direct replacement for Eden Hazard] I’m not here to compare or anything. Obviously Eden was amazing and he did so well for this club, as you could see last season and the whole time he’s been here. He was an incredible player. For me, it’s coming in as my own player, proving myself and doing the best I can to help this team. Right now it’s going in and helping the team whatever way I can. It’s just bringing an intensity into the training first of all and earning respect in the beginning. Then I want to make an impact as much as I can on the pitch
: 2019 07 25 New Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is facing a dilemma over the number of non-homegrown players in his squad as the new season closes in at Stamford Bridge. UEFA rules state clubs in the Champions League may register no more than 17 foreign players in their squads for the competition, with a further eight spots available for homegrown players. The arrival of January signing Christian Pulisic and the decision to retain Mateo Kovacic on a permanent deal following his loan spell has left Lampard with a surplus of foreign players
2019 07 26 Retrieve
[Pulisic himself has been quick to downplay comparisons to Eden Hazard] For me, it’s coming in as my own player, proving myself and doing the best I can to help this team.
2019 08 01 Retrieve
[Christian Pulisic hopes he’s ‘earned the respect’ of his team-mates after first Chelsea goals] It was a big relief to score my first goals for Chelsea. 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 player. I want to be my own player, 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] 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 player that Pulisic has already developed a relationship with is Ross Barkley] He’s an easy guy to play with. 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
2019 08 10 Retrieve
[Pulisic ready for leading role at Chelsea, but superstardom still a lofty aim] 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. I’m not trying to fill the gap left by Eden Hazard, he was an unbelievable player. I want to be my own player, to look at me like that, do the best I can for the team
2019 08 21 Retrieve
[Robin Walker, who coached Pulisic at non-League side Brackley Town in 2005, the Chelsea attacker never contemplated going to Old Trafford because of their former coach. Christian Pulisic refused a move to Manchester United because of his father’s dislike of Jose Mourinho] He wouldn’t go to Manchester United because of Jose Mourinho. His father couldn’t stand Mourinho because he didn’t promote young players. It was at that point I asked, ‘What about London? That’s where it’s at’. I’m a Chelsea fan, I grew up in London supporting them. When I was in Dortmund last year, I told him that he had to come
2019 09 05 Retrieve
[Pulisic told reporters, drawing a round of laughs, when asked who was better between him and Lozano] I’m not going to give you an Ibra answer. It’s tough. I’m not like that, but obviously I’m very confident in myself
[While Pulisic wasn’t ready to speak out about Lozano, he was very open about his move to Chelsea] It’s everything I hoped it would be and more. The speed, it’s very intense. The games are very intense. Every single game I’ve played so far has had a new challenge
[As for what he’s learned since moving to Chelsea, the former Borussia Dortmund star says he’s had to adjust to picking up more of the defensive slack] Learning to help more with the defensive side of things has been a really good challenge for me
2019 09 28 Retrieve
[Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic has admitted that his lack of playing time is very frustrating after yet another game spent on the bench] Yeah, of course, it is very frustrating, but I will continue to work my hardest because I want to play
[When asked if Chelsea boss Frank Lampard had given him specific reasons why his playing time has dropped off] Not so much. He said to keep working and I have to improve myself in training and try to get back in the line-up
[After spending his entire career in Germany, the American has said that he knew moving to a new league in a new country was always going to be difficult at first] There are going to be challenges. I knew it was going to be tough coming here. It is never going to be easy. I’ve got to grind out. I want to be back and be a part of the team and help the team win games. I want to play as many minutes as I can, that is really my goal, I want to be on the field. It is tough for me right now. I just have to continue to learn. Like I said, I want to be on the field really bad, I have to continue to work and prove myself to be there
[When asked if he can learn from that situation] Of course. In the end I got minutes again and I played well towards the end of the season, so I just have to get my head down and get to work
2019 10 06 Retrieve
[Big things were expected of Christian Pulisic when he linked up with the Blues, with many billing him as the heir to Eden Hazard. That has not been the case so far] Yeah, of course, it is very frustrating, but I will continue to work my hardest because I want to play
2019 10 07 Retrieve
[Christian Pulisic insists he is not concerned about his £58 million price tag] This number doesn’t mean anything to me. I go out and try to give my best every time I’m on the pitch. I’m not sure what the price tag means to you, but I just have to keep trying to perform at my best for myself and for the team. You can’t completely ignore it (comments on social media). I don’t live under a rock. I hear things, I see things, but I do my best to block it out. I’m just working hard for myself. The outside opinions don’t matter as much to me as to what’s in the team and myself and the people who care about me.
So, I’m just going to keep working and do my best and not worry about it. Competition in the team can only make me better and I think that’s what makes teams, it’s guys who are maybe not the second or third man, but they are pushing each other in training every single day. That’s what a good team is all about. [Lampard] likes players who work very hard and show a lot in training and I just have to continue to do that, do my best in training and try to earn my position. Culture-wise, it’s been easier than Germany to be honest. From the football side, I guess you could say that [I am still adapting]
[He also heads off on the back of providing an assist for fellow substitute Michy Batshuayi against Southampton] That’s my job. I’m in an attacking role and I’m going to do the best I can, to try to get goals and assists. I think that’s been good so far, so I just want to continue to work hard. I want to be starting. I want to be starting every game. I’m working hard in training. I want to be there. I hope everyone can see that, so with moments like this I hope I can make a case for myself. I’m not just going to throw a fit and give up ever, so if I’m on the bench it doesn’t mean the gaffer doesn’t think I’m a part of the team, I’ve just got to keep pushing and earn my spot. I did the best I could with the minutes I got. I tried to help the team as best I could. I guess I’m happy but I’m going to keep working harder, and I’m never going to stop trying to get more minutes. Of course, you want to play, be on the field and be in the team as much as you can, and it hurts not to be there, but I’m happy I got my opportunity
Yeah, definitely. When I go there, I definitely want to go in and get minutes and just gain more international experience. It can only help me here
2019 10 15 Retrieve
[Christian Pulisic admits the pressure of being a top American player in Europe weighs heavy on him at times] It makes you feel really good at the beginning to be honest, you feel great, you see all these things, people talking about you on social media; ‘wow this kid is great, he’s special, he’s playing, he’s scoring goals at 17 or 18 years old for his national team, he’s playing for Dortmund in Europe’. You feel really great and then it’s more just pressure you feel like all the stuff is kind of hitting you, and you start being expected to do all of these things.
This generation can be tough, for young players especially, having people talk about you, having constant pressure on your back. Especially as Americans, we haven’t had a lot of top international talents throughout our years. If you’re not able to tune it out then it can be a weight on your shoulders. I think there are obstacles, I think not a lot of American players have really proved themselves in Europe and I think when you’re an American player and you’re trying to prove yourself amongst all these European guys or international guys that are top players who have played in these big competitions, not a whole lot of Americans have been there, it can be tough
[Plenty are backing him to come good, though, and the talented playmaker is grateful for the chances in senior football that he has been given across his career to date] If you can play, you can play and that’s why Dortmund was amazing for me, the coach always trusted me. But you’ve got to prove yourself maybe that extra mile. I have to prove myself no matter what age I am. I don’t feel like I’m some wonder boy anymore, I’ve been around and I think I’ve earned that respect at least and I’m in a new chapter and I’m going to prove myself
2019 10 18 Retrieve
[When asked about Christian Pulisic who could be sent out on loan in the January transfer window] No. With Christian, he’s come to us in a big move, let’s make no mistake about it, and then he’s just turned 21 recently, and we’ve got a competitive squad here. I said it before the last game, I always have a problem with who to pick. People make my decisions in training or how they’re playing, and at the minute with winning four on the bounce I need the edge of staying in the team and keep performing and everyone is the same.
[Lampard thinks this relative depth of experience means people forget his youth] With Christian coming here, we have to protect him for that fact because he’s young. Christian, as with every player in the squad, needs to work hard in training, keep improving in training, see the direction we’re going, be a part of it, and show what you can do on a match day, and all the players are the same there. It is [easy to forget his age]. You can look beyond that because he came through at a very young age at Dortmund and huge credit to him for that. It’s amazing to come through that. He was playing at a top level team at Dortmund.
There were times when he was in the team, times when he wasn’t, that’s part of development. I was fortunate when I came through in my day because West Ham didn’t have too many players in front of me, so I got opportunities. The pathway was open. With Christian, huge credit to him for coming through at Dortmund at a young age, but then it brings other difficulties where sometimes you’re out of the team. You come to Chelsea and it’s a similar situation. The demands are huge. The interest from outside is huge and he’s a young boy. I have no problem. I see the big picture with Christian and I see it with all the young players
2019 10 24 Retrieve
[Christian Pulisic has hailed the Frank Lampard era after Chelsea made it six wins in a row with an impressive 1-0 victory away to Ajax in the Champions League] It’s tough to say why [things have changed]. I think we put a lot of hard work in and throughout the game, and at half time, we just said to keep going, keep fighting because we’re doing well and the subs are going to come in for tired guys and really make a difference. Of course, I was given another opportunity to go in and the manager told me, ‘go in, make an impact, make a difference’ and I’m happy I was able to help a little bit with that.
I think we have a great mix of youth and experienced players, and I think that’s the reason why we’ve been getting great results lately. I think that’s coming together, we have a great balance. Team spirit definitely doesn’t need to be questioned. It’s there and we’re going to keep going. Being the only American, it’s nice; I can go with some of the French guys, the Brazilians. It’s good, it’s a good mix and I’ve been really close with everyone so it’s great just getting to know all of the guys. Now we’ve got six in a row, we want to keep going, keep fighting and keep it up and get the best results we can. He (Lampard) says that all of the time, we’re a team, we need every single player on the roster, he’s happy and I’m really happy with how it’s gone
[Of the Belgian striker] Batshuayi’s easy to play with, we’ve played together for a while and we have a nice connection. It was crazy, we were able to help with the goal and he made a great finish. The whole team has come together and done a good job. It’s great man. We had five wins in a row before this, now it’s six, another away win, big in the Champions League. We want to make it seven now and confidence helps you to keep it up and keep going. It was a really tough match for most of it. In the end, it opened up a little bit, but we worked really hard and we deserved to get a result
I’m never gonna let that put me down by not playing, I’m going to keep fighting because this is where I want to be. I came here for a reason, I want to be here and I want to make a difference. Whenever I get that opportunity, I want to keep working hard. I go in to give absolutely everything and do the best I can with the opportunity I’m given. I’m happy with the short time I was given to make an assist, make a difference and I want to be on the field. I want to be on the field as much as I can, whatever role that maybe. I want to keep going, keep fighting, that’s all
2019 10 24b Retrieve
[United States captain Christian Pulisic remains hopeful that Ajax defender Sergino Dest will opt to represent the USMNT over the Netherlands at international level] Yeah, definitely, we’re definitely hoping that. It didn’t really have anything to do with who I was playing against but he’s a friend of mine. He was with me in the national team at the last camp and it’s good to see him again and in the Ajax first team because he’s very young. I’m happy for him
2019 10 25 Retrieve
[The Lampard bounce: Chelsea’s returning hero surpassing all expectations] It’s tough to say why [things have changed]. I think we put a lot of hard work in and throughout the game, and at half time, we just said to keep going, keep fighting because we’re doing well and the subs are going to come in for tired guys and really make a difference. Team spirit definitely doesn’t need to be questioned. It’s there and we’re going to keep going. Now we’ve got six in a row, we want to keep going, keep fighting and keep it up and get the best results we can
2019 10 26 Retrieve
[Christian Pulisic admits it feels unreal to be Chelsea’s youngest scorer of a Premier League hat-trick] Unreal. What a day for me. Happy with the result. I wish we could have got a clean sheet but in the end it was a special day for me
[Pressed on whether that is because he is unaccustomed to being in such a position] That is exactly why. I honestly didn’t think about it. Thankfully my team-mates reminded me!
[Pulisic has taken a record off Chelsea team-mate Tammy Abraham when it comes to recording a top-flight treble] I’m sure he’s not going to be too happy about that but he’s a team player
[His outing against Burnley was a first Premier League start since August 31] The first few months were definitely hard. I had a few starts early in the season and then I had a bit where I was trying to get any minutes that I could to make an impact. The last few weeks, I was able to show that again, helping the team coming back in for the Newcastle game. I think they saw that and gave me a start. I didn’t think it was going to happen right away, being a big success. Coming into a big club like this, it takes time. I’m happy with the progress I’ve made so far
[Pulisic added on being part of a youthful squad at Stamford Bridge] The team has been fantastic, they have helped me so much. They have given me so much advice, the experienced guys, and then there are the other guys as well who are going through similar things. It’s been a really good time for me. Today was a great day for me and I just want to keep going
2019 10 28 Retrieve
[Christian Pulisic thinks opening his Chelsea account with a hat-trick is just the start of his journey in the Premier League] It feels incredible, I can’t really put it into words. It couldn’t have been a more perfect day for me. I was thinking about it at half time, it was one right and one left and I don’t normally score header so it was pretty crazy how it turned out. That has been my goal. As I get older I want to improve every day and being here and training and working with these guys every day, playing at the highest level, I’ve learnt so much already. It’s been a crazy experience. It’s the competition every week, it’s the physicality. It’s a combination of everything, the schedule. It’s getting used to this whole environment but I’m enjoying every moment of it
[The player rubbished that idea and said that his manager had always told him he had faith in him] He believes in me and he’s told me that. You have to keep working hard in training and earn my spot, that’s how it is at the highest level. I’m going to continue to do so. This is hopefully just the start. I wanted to be on the field as much as I could right from the start. That is everyone’s goal. But I didn’t come here expecting everything to be easy and have an easy route and start every game. It’s not always that easy. So I came in had to work for my spot just like everyone does. I’m proud of the journey I’ve had so far
2019 11 03 Retrieve
[Christian Pulisic says Chelsea’s young side are having fun playing together this season, as Frank Lampard’s team continue to build momentum at the top end of the Premier League table] It is so much fun playing with these guys. They make it easy for me. It is a tight group we have and these guys help me so much. I feel confident and I feel good as part of this team and but the hard work does not stop now. I must keep working and learning my position. I am going to keep working and I want to prove every week that I want to be in that line-up
[They will now be looking to cement their place in the top four as the winter fixtures begin to pile up] That is where we want to be. We are a big club and we need to fight to be as close to the top as we can.
[While Chelsea were generally on top against Watford on Saturday, they were made to sweat for the last ten minutes as a Gerard Deulofeu penalty brought the Hornets back into the game. With the last touch of the game, Kepa was forced into an excellent save to prevent fellow goalkeeper Ben Foster heading in what would have been a remarkable equaliser] That last five or 10 minutes felt like a long time! He [Kepa] is unbelievable and he was there when we needed him most so we are all happy. It was closer than it needed to be. We were unfortunate with the penalty, we were really dominating the second half but Watford put up a good fight at the end
2019 11 04 Retrieve
[Pulisic: Chelsea have so much talent and ‘want to out-compete every team’] The spirit is great at the moment. We go in and want to out-compete every team. We have so much talent, great players. We’re playing really well. We’re really strong
[That effort has further endeared the American to the west London natives] It’s incredible, it’s amazing. The support has been phenomenal
[Pulisic said of the Kepa Arrizabalaga’s moment of inspiration] It’s huge. Everyone put a lot in to the game and up until then Kepa didn’t have to do a lot. But to come up big like that is huge and we’ve seen the great goalie that he is. Was it the goalie’s header? I didn’t know that. That’s crazy. I don’t know if he was extra motivated because it was another goalie but it’s a great save nonetheless
2019 11 06 Retrieve
[Christian Pulisic hailed Chelsea’s ‘crazy’ comeback against Ajax as his side fought back from 4-1 down to draw 4-4] Definitely. I’ve been in some wild games before. I remember being up 4-0 in Dortmund and tying 4-4. I don’t want to talk about that… This game was crazy. Experiences help for sure. Being at some point bad and now being on the other end of it is special. You could see when the team put them under pressure like that it’s just not easy. Of course, I enjoy the game every time I’m out on the pitch.
It’s kind of mixed after a game like that, being down like that, you’d think a draw would be an unbelievable result but it’s almost that feeling where we wanted more. We scored a winner and it was taken back so it was tough. It shows just how much fight this team has, even being down 3-1 and then it went to 4-1, it’s crazy. To think we were still able to come back says a lot about our team. In the half time, we said we were never going to give up, we can go out and win this game. We showed a lot of fight and came back
[However, even though the comeback was impressive from the Blues, they will be disappointed to have conceded four at home to their main Group H rivals] Just silly goals on our part, silly defensive mistakes, but we’re going to make chances and we’re going to win this game. He gives us confidence and he’s the one who pushes us and tells us to do it. It shows the fight of all the team
[Lampard and several Chelsea players embraced Ajax’s stars on the final whistle, and Pulisic acknowledges that there was mutual respect shown after playing out a classic] It’s the kind of team they are. They were kind of sitting and doing well on the counter. You’ve got to deal with that because we were putting a lot of guys forward because we needed to. But yeah, they’re a good team
[Pulisic said of travelling to the Mestalla on 27 November] It’s going to be a huge game for us. We just have to get a result there and we’re looking great to go through. It’s going to be really tight. It just makes those next games that much more important, so we have to go there and get a result
2019 11 09 Retrieve
[Christian Pulisic insists Chelsea will keep striving to reach the very top of the Premier League after securing a sixth successive win at home to Crystal Palace] I just got in the box and luckily the ball just bounced right to me and that helped us a lot, but I think we deserved it in the end. We had a lot of chances and we should’ve scored [more] but it was a good result in the end. The first half, we were dominating but we just couldn’t get the goal. We just stuck with it and eventually Tammy got the other one and in the end, it was a good result. Not bad at all [being second in the Premier League]. We want to be right up there at the top so we’ll just keep going
2019 11 30 Retrieve
[Christian Pulisic has admitted that he wore a Chelsea jersey around the house all the time] The focus on football at this level means the pressure’s always there too, but it’s not something that worries me too much or that’s important to me. I have myself to worry about and I keep high enough standards for myself, so the pressures from outside don’t really affect me as much.
I expect a lot of myself and I have good people around me who care - the coaches, my team-mates - that are more important, so I try to focus on that. Just to be in England, to be here in London, playing for Chelsea, it’s awesome. I have a confession to make about that, actually. During the summer, I had a short time off after playing for the national team in the Gold Cup, and I had this Chelsea jersey at home that was made for me when I signed back in January. I was wearing it around my house all the time - I just wanted to be here so bad, I just wanted to get started because I was excited for the challenge, excited for everything about it
2019 12 01 Retrieve
[Christian Pulisic believes Chelsea’s downturn in results since the international break will prove to be a test of the team’s character] Absolutely, tough times really test your character. Things aren’t going amazing, I would say this isn’t the worst thing so we just have to go on but now luckily in this league, we get another game midweek so we get a chance to redeem ourselves. It was a pretty crazy game midweek and then coming here we really wanted a good result, we came out with a lot of energy and did some things well but we just didn’t have that finishing touch. It felt like a little something was missing. In the season, that is what happens, there are ups and downs. We have had a few months now where people have said how well we’ve done and how everything has been going great, and I wish it would stay like that the whole year but it’s not the case, so now a couple of tougher results and we just have to go try and turn it around
We’ve wanted to do much better at home this season. Our away form has been great but at times at home it has been tougher, we’ve had some good games but it is just about the fact that we want to do it in front of our fans as well. That is the thing you can’t [explain it] really. You’d think it would be the other way around. It is a bit strange. I guess I don’t know. Maybe it is just putting ourselves under a bit more pressure than we need to at home, who knows? We want to go out and get results wherever we play. We come out with the same energy and we hope that we can turn it around here
[Pulisic says he maintains belief in the squad despite Olivier Giroud and Pedro struggling on their first starts in months] Of course, he [Abraham] has done well for us this season but we have other guys who can step up. Oli trains great and he’s a great player - he was a bit unfortunate so we’ll see. I mean we have different guys who can come in, we had the fresh guys come in. We have a full squad and a very fit squad so it shouldn’t be an issue
[Wednesday’s game against Aston Villa will see John Terry return to Stamford Bridge in his role as Dean Smith’s assistant, and Pulisic expects the former Chelsea captain to receive a great reception] I would think so - he’s a legend here so that will be great for the club
2020 01 02 Retrieve
[Pulisic would welcome January arrivals at Chelsea as he bemoans lack of killer instinct] It is normal, teams look to improve their team and if players do come in there is competition, that is how it goes. So we’ll be ready for that and hopefully we’ll have players that come in and want to help us
It is both [mental and technical]. It is doing a bit more to keep going, attack and create chances and just have that killer instinct. We are missing that a little bit. I can do better as well. Just being more clinical in the final third, finding the right pass or shot and scoring the goals. After we scored the first goal it was just about continuing and just not stopping there, making it two or three and putting the game to bed. That was it, we said at half-time that we had the chance to kill the game and we just weren’t able to. We couldn’t get the goal and in the end they found an unbelievable goal. It was not just us that were tired, it was the same for them. It’s just about being clinical, experienced and knowing how to manage a game
I’ve heard of the FA Cup, it is another competition and we want to win it so we’ll give everything and I am really excited for it. It is another opportunity for a trophy and that is why we are always going to fight and try to win that
2020 01 11 Retrieve
[Pulisic living the dream under Lampard at Chelsea as USMNT star targets top-four finish] It’s awesome, with me being a youngster as well. Being able to play with these guys and all learning together, and we have some more experienced players as well. It’s a really great mix and it helps us to learn a lot and we push the old guys too!
Obviously Lampard was a big player at Chelsea. I watched him growing up so finding out he was going to be my coach is pretty cool. It’s been great. He’s very intense, the training sessions are very intense too and I think that shows in our style of play - high pressing, hard to play against and that’s what we want to be. We want to finish in a top-four spot. We want to fight for that, always be successful and finish as high as we can. That’s the goal, we want to win every game, take it match-by-match and try to get results
It was a big jump me going to Germany. It was my first time away from family, being in Europe and not speaking the language. All those experiences are what I believe helped me to get here so I’m really happy. London is an amazing city. Coming from a slightly smaller town like Dortmund to London has been big. Getting to see the culture, seeing how big football is - the Premier League is incredible and it’s huge here. It means everything to me. To be part of this club, this team to be in the Premier League where I always wanted to be - it’s a dream for me
2020 01 15 Retrieve
[Pulisic: I never expected to come in and score 10 goals in my first game for Chelsea] You know, everyone says I’m going to go into the Premier League, it’s a big change, it’s tough. It’s a league where there’s definitely a lot of games, a lot of stuff going on, and it wasn’t easy for me at the beginning, of course
I think I’m really proud of how I pushed through things and then I got my opportunity, and I felt I was playing very well recently, and I’m proud. It’s been great. I’ve been enjoying it so much. You know, the football culture here is amazing, and I’m really happy, and I’m so excited to finish off the season strong.
I didn’t expect to come here right away and have everything be perfect and come straight in and, you know, score 10 goals in my first game. I came in, and I wanted to do that right away – of course, everyone does. But I came in, and it was realistic, and I wanted to continue to earn my position.
The beginning, it wasn’t always easy, and I wasn’t always in the line-up, but I just kept working. I put my head down, and I just kept telling myself, ‘My time will come.’ When you do that, and you just keep working, it does. I was really happy with kind of how things went
I’ve watched him (Lampard) a lot and obviously respected him so much as a player. Now to have him as a manager has been good, and I’ve just been taking it all in and learning, kind of seeing what he has and what he offers to this team. It’s been fun to work with a lot of these young players as well. So I think it’s been a really good mix. He’s told me to just keep enjoying it and be myself.
I’m still learning. It’s my first season now, kind of halfway through, so I’m just kind of learning to take it day by day, game by game and just focusing on the next opponent and just getting ready and healthy for the next game because it’s always right around the corner. It’s just a lot of competition, I think, in every game, within your team, and for every game, it’s just been great learning from some of my teammates. And yeah, just being here in London, I’m just kind of taking it all in.
I think the soccer culture here is what I’ve noticed (the most). It means so much to these people, just in the country in general, just how your team is doing. Not to say that’s the case in Dortmund because that was some of the most passionate fans I’ve ever seen, but just the culture of the whole country, what this game means even around the holidays. Everyone’s always talking about football. That’s definitely impressive
2020 03 21 Retrieve
[USMNT star Pulisic announced that he and team-mates Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams have all donated to charity to help feed the huge number of Americans who are struggling in such trying times] I know it’s been some crazy tmes out there. I hope you guys are all able to stay safe. It’s a really important time that we all need to come together and help those that are most in need. Before the coronavirus there were already 37 million Americans with food insecurity and obviously with this virus going around that’s just going to grow substantially. It’s a really important time and I would just like to announce that I’ve donated to Feeding America, who already support over 60,000 food banks all over the country and do such an amazing job for so many people. I’d like to challenge my colleagues, my U.S. Men’s National Team team-mates, U.S. Women’s National Team and any of you guys who are able to donate anything. Every penny counts. Let’s stick together, let’s do this
2020 04 17 Retrieve
[USMNT star Pulisic assesses his first season at Chelsea] It’s been a really fun season for me, it’s been awesome. It’s been a big change for me coming to Chelsea and having to get to know a whole new team, a new league and stuff. I’ve been really proud of the guys and although we’ve had our tough moments, I think overall we’ve been pretty solid. I love playing with my team-mates and we’ve had so many exciting games. I’ve really enjoyed it and we just want to give it a strong push to the end of the season, if we are able to resume
It’s definitely cool to have other guys at a similar age to play with and you can probably relate to those guys a little more, but I think generally we have a great mix. We’ve got some really exciting young players and then those guys with more experience that are great to learn off. It’s almost the perfect mix, I’d say
The Premier League is more physically demanding because of the sheer number of games and the run of the schedule. You play so many different competitions in a short space of time, so it’s quite demanding and you learn quickly about that. It’s a physical league in general. There’s been a lot to learn but my Bundesliga experience has helped me in that sense, as it’s not totally different to the Premier League
2020 04 17b Retrieve
[Christian Pulisic says he is raring to go again at Chelsea] It was really tough with this most recent one. I think that a lot of people didn’t realise how serious it was. It was a really freak injury in how it happened. It happened in training out of nothing really and it put me out a while. But I’m feeling good now, I’ve been training a lot and I’m just really excited to get back out on the field. It feels like it’s been a long time without football for everyone at the moment, but certainly for me because I had the injury on top of everything that’s going on now.
[Pulisic is looking to fill his time in other ways] I’m just trying to find new hobbies to keep myself busy to be honest! I’m getting my training in every day but that doesn’t take up the whole day, so I’ve got on TikTok to help pass the day. I’ve always liked dancing and doing fun things, other things aside from the game. I know some people might not like this sort of stuff but I really don’t care because I’m going to carry on doing it anyway! I think it gives people chance to see me a little better. No one really knows who I am, they just see me as a footballer, so hopefully it gives them a little insight into my character
2020 04 21 Retrieve
[Pulisic would love to play with Messi at Chelsea and names Figo as his idol] That’s tough, man! I mean Figo was my favourite player growing up but I definitely wouldn’t mind having [Lionel] Messi on my team. Can I choose both?
My first footballing idol was definitely Luis Figo. He’s someone I looked up to when I was younger. The first shirt I owned was a Luis Figo jersey and I remember wearing it when playing football with my dad in the basement at home back in Hershey. In fact, my nickname then was actually Figo! My dad started it and sometimes he even still calls me it now
2020 04 25 Retrieve
[Christian Pulisic speaks about his footballing idol] My first footballing idol was definitely Luis Figo. He’s someone I looked up to when I was younger. The first shirt I owned was a Luis Figo jersey and I remember wearing it when playing football with my dad in the basement at home back in Hershey. In fact, my nickname then was actually Figo! My dad started it and sometimes he even still calls me it now
2020 04 30 Retrieve
[Chelsea ask player to return to the UK ahead of possible Premier League restart] I’m back in the United States and it’s definitely good to be back with the family at this time. They are all doing well; they are all healthy so it’s good.
Obviously in the US the virus has definitely been growing in certain spots but the town where I am is actually not too bad. There are a couple of cases but nothing like the scale of other places. Hopefully, things can start to slow down anyway
2020 05 09 Retrieve
[Christian Pulisic admits he will be forever grateful to Jurgen Klopp for giving him his big break] The craziest thing is people don’t realise I started out in the youth teams over there. I was just working hard for that one opportunity I could get. I was going to German school over there and I will never forget that one day I was in class and I looked at my phone and it was a text from my youth coach saying you are training with the first team tonight. The rest of the day I wasn’t even paying attention. I couldn’t think of anything else. I’m getting ready, going to training and it’s just unreal I was 16 or 17 and I’m going in the warm-up and there’s huge names at the time. There’s Aubameyang, Marco Reus, Matts Hummels, Mkhitaryan. All these guys and they were just in the Champions League final the year before. It’s like I’m going in and I’m just this 16-year-old kid. I was thinking just do my best. I was just so excited and I’m just thankful to Jurgen Klopp that he gave me that opportunity. I’ll take that with me forever and I’m really grateful
2020 05 11 Retrieve
[Christian Pulisic has revealed that nobody noticed him on his first day at Chelsea] It was all pretty crazy what happened. I had to fly straight from my summer break right after the Gold Cup. I had one week off and I didn’t really get a summer. The team had already started pre-season in Japan so I flew straight there and I had to literally fly by myself and then meet the team who had flown from London. I had to go straight to the hotel and the next thing on the schedule was to go straight to training. I was tired, nervous and didn’t know what to think but, ‘I’m at Chelsea and this is insane’. I got on the bus, they had just arrived as well. Everyone is half asleep, I go and sit on the bus and nobody even noticed me. Nobody said anything. There were maybe one or two guys who said ‘hey, hello’ and I was like, ‘what’s going on here?’ Those first couple of days of training I was nervous. You know how it’s like when you move to a new team. They’re nice guys off the field but to earn that respect you have to show on the field you have that ability, that’s just how it is. I had to go in on day three when I had a really good training, scored some goals, had some nice plays and assists and then I felt the guys coming and talking to me and getting their respect. It’s interesting how it works but they’ve been great guys and I’ve enjoyed it
2020 05 12 Retrieve
[Christian Pulisic says Jadon Sancho has done ‘an amazing job’ at Borussia Dortmund, with the Bundesliga giants continuing to provide a stage on which young talent can thrive] It’s one of the big reasons why I was really drawn there when I was very young. I think they give younger players opportunities and it’s a great club to go and develop. He (Sancho) was given an opportunity, just like I was, at a very high level, and they show you right away that they trust you and they’re going to give an equal opportunity to all the players. He’s done an amazing job since he came in and has obviously shown what abilities he has.
2020 05 12b Retrieve
[Pulisic reveals the two key areas he’s working to improve at Chelsea] I want to learn to be even more clinical in front of goal to continue to boost my numbers, get more goals and assists. I want to be stronger on the ball, being able to hold off players and those are two areas that I’m definitely working on
I think it’s great to have friendly competition. They’re all great guys and it’s great to be learning from them and also getting to play with Callum (Hudson-Odoi). It’s a strong area of our team
2020 05 14 Retrieve
[Christian Pulisic admits the opportunity to link up with Chelsea in 2019 was too good to turn down] I always wanted to play in Europe. Going to Dortmund was definitely a perfect first step for me. It was awesome, and I learned so much. I grew up there - I went over there when I was 15. Now, to be here and come to the Premier League when I was 20, I think it all worked out very well so I’m really happy with the path. I was confident and felt like I had a good couple of years in the Bundesliga, and obviously with the opportunity to come to a club like Chelsea - it was just something I couldn’t turn down. I just felt like the timing was perfect and I’m really happy that I made that choice.
The intensity, especially the schedule when you get to that winter period where you are playing games all the time. Every couple of days it’s about recovery it’s about tough games where you’re fighting for everything. It’s something I wasn’t 100% used to.
I do really like playing on the left wing and also in that 10 spot centrally behind the forward. I’d say those are my two favourite positions
2020 05 15 Retrieve
[Pulisic didn’t take injury seriously but USMNT star is ‘100 per cent fit’ and ready for Chelsea return] I didn’t take it as seriously as I think I should have. It was one of those you felt you could do a lot of things but you try to push it that one extra step and realise it’s not ready yet. It was very tough and frustrating going through times like that. I underestimated it and tried to get back as soon as I could because I just wanted to play so bad. If anything, I’ve given myself a little more time to rest now and make sure that I’m 100 per cent fit. I’d say I’m fully recovered and ready to go as soon as we get back
It was my first start in a little while so I just had this motivation to go out and prove a lot of people wrong. I felt I’d done okay up to that point but I hadn’t really shown everything that I could do so going into that game, I did have a chip on my shoulder. Once that first goal came, my confidence shot through the roof and it was just my day after that, everything kept falling for me. It was incredible. I’ll never forget coming home after that and just sitting down and looking back on what had just happened. I was so proud being able to talk to my family back home and people that had been watching. It wasn’t just the hat-trick but scoring, helping the team win and having a great game - there’s no better feeling
2020 06 21 Retrieve
[Pulisic excited by Chelsea’s ‘incredible’ Werner signing] I think we already have a very strong team with strong players, but to add players like Timo Werner is incredible. We’re focused on this season for now, but excited for what’s to come too. I’m really glad that I could come in and help the team. Luckily today it was with a goal and helped us get a good result. [Manager Frank Lampard] said go in and help us win the game, nothing special really, just use my talents to see what I can do. I don’t think I hit it perfectly with my left, but i got enough on it to steer it on target
Obviously it’s very different playing with no fans, but I think the team brought good energy and we finished really strongly. I’ve been out for a while, it felt really nice to be back out here after the injury, all the guys have been off but we’ve been trying to stay fit as best we can
2020 06 26 Retrieve
[Christian Pulisic is hoping to end his debut season at Chelsea with a flourish] The break was tough on a lot of people but I’m just really happy that we can come back and play football again. It’s a bit different without the fans but we’re really excited to be back out there. There are a lot of games to play. We want to go as far as we can in the FA Cup and we want to continue finishing strong so we can be secure in a Champions League spot. We have a lot to play for
[Pulisic opened the scoring for Chelsea in their heavyweight tussle with Manchester City] We looked at this game against a big opponent and we wanted to win it. We were at home, obviously in slightly different circumstances, but we’re happy that we came out and got a really good result. We have to capitalise on opportunities. I had another one in the second half as well [which was cleared off the line by Kyle Walker] but I’m just happy to help the team out by scoring. We needed it and we’re just happy to get the three points. We went into the game with a really confident mindset to go out and win. Obviously we want to finish the season strongly but we feel we’re capable of a lot more as well
2020 06 27 Retrieve
[Werner becomes RB Leipzig’s all-time top scorer in final game before Chelsea move] I think we already have a very strong team with strong players, but to add players like Timo Werner is incredible. We’re focused on this season for now, but excited for what’s to come too
2020 06 30 Retrieve
[Reinvigorated Pulisic coming out of his shell to fire Chelsea to top-four finish] I’ve got on TikTok to help pass the day. I’ve always liked dancing and doing fun things, other things aside from the game. I know some people might not like this sort of stuff but I really don’t care because I’m going to carry on doing it anyway!. I think it gives people a chance to see me a little better. No one really knows who I am, they just see me as a footballer, so hopefully, it gives them a little insight into my character