Pulisic Watch: Bizarre day for USMNT star in Chelsea v. Wolves
Wed - December 16, 2020
Christian Pulisic made his first Premier League start since October, as the USMNT star played the full 90 minutes as Chelsea lost 2-1 at Wolves.
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The 22-year-old started on the left of a loaded Chelsea attack with Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Olivier Giroud and Mason Mount all starting alongside him, and he was the best player on the pitch in the opening 38 minutes.
Frank Lampard then switched him to the right flank and he didn’t have much of an impact on the game after that. It was a real head-scratching move, tactically, from Lampard.
Before the game, Lampard revealed his delight in having Christian Pulisic back fit and available to start: “Pulisic naturally brings us width, the ability to go past people in one v one situations in a tight game, which I expect tonight,” Lampard said. “I’m pleased, he’s had a few littles issues with his hamstring recently. He’s trained now for a few days and wanted him straight back in.”
Here’s a look at how Christian Pulisic fared for Chelsea at Wolves on Tuesday.
Minute-by-minute analysis of Christian Pulisic for Chelsea v. Wolves
2nd minute: Hugging the left touchline as he started out on left wing, with Timo Werner on the right, Kai Havertz central and Olivier Giroud up top.
7th minute: Brilliant pass and switch of play out to Reece James on the right, who sends a cross towards Pulisic, but Rui Patricio claimed easily as the American leapt into the air. Great play from Pulisic, as he set up the chance and timed his run into the box well.
10th minute: A few nice touches out wide as he looked calm in possession. Sent a cross into the box towards Giroud which was cleared.
11th minute: Accelerated forward from the left and picked out Giroud with a ball, but just overhit it.