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Christian Pulisic backed to succeed at Chelsea by Matt Miazga

Matt Miazga believes Christian Pulisic is going to be a big success when he links up with his new Chelsea team-mates this summer.

The American pair are both out on loan at present, Pulisic returning to Borussia Dortmund after signing for the Blues at the turn of the year, and Miazga at Reading having spent the first half of the campaign in France with Nantes.

They will likely reunite on international duty later this month, with the US due to face Ecuador and Chile, and Miazga says Pulisic is going to be a big hit at Stamford Bridge.

‘He is a world-class talent,’ Miazga said. ‘You saw at a young age what he can do in the Bundesliga. This season he has been injured a lot, so it has been difficult for him to kick on, but everyone knows the talent he possesses, he is a great player.

‘He is very comfortable on the ball in tight space. You don't see that too often from American players, to have that level of technical ability and savviness in tight spaces to get in and out and create goalscoring opportunities.

‘You can see from his play that he can create those goalscoring opportunities, and be a nuisance for a defender on the wing. He can isolate a defender and beat him one-on-one with speed and technique. Chelsea have added a great player, and I think he will add a lot, particularly beating players one-versus-one.’

Miazga is encouraged by US players getting an opportunity in Europe

‘[Christian] is a world-class player, or on that trajectory. Next season I hope he can really kick on with Chelsea and showcase his talent and help the club. It is nice to see young American players playing in Europe. Particularly in the Bundesliga, Premier League, Dutch league and Championship.

‘Making that move gives you confidence. You see a big club pay big money for an American player, it is good, it inspires young players in America to keep working and move forward. Hopefully, many people follow in his path.’

Catching up on international duty

Miazga has not yet spoken to Pulisic since the 20-year-old signed for Chelsea, but is looking forward to speaking to his new club team-mate when they link up on national duty this month.

‘I hope we meet up in the national team and catch up about the move next week,’ the defender said. ‘I will answer any questions about what to expect. I have been around the first team for six-seven months, but he will be fine.

‘Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs in the world. I remember as an American player, when I first got there, it was a big platform with a lot of media attention. I imagine for him, being a big-money player, he will get a lot of exposure and a lot of people watching.

‘So, that's good, because it raises the awareness and popularity of the sport in America. We want to grow our country's game, get players playing, then moving to Europe to challenge themselves against the best players. That's what this new generation is doing.’
 

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