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Media Watch: Christian Pulisic leads the way for Sancho and Samuel Eto’o backs Blues recovery

In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Christian Pulisic inspires Jadon Sancho at Dortmund and former Blues striker Samuel Eto’o reacts to the recent defeat at Manchester City.

These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.

Pulisic leads the way for Sancho

Borussia Dortmund’s England international Jadon Sancho has told ESPN he was inspired to leave Manchester City for Germany due to Christian Pulisic’s success in the country.

Sancho, who this week revealed to the Daily Telegraph he was a childhood Chelsea fan, admits Pulisic’s impact at Dortmund was one of the key reasons for his decision to leave his home country. 

He told ESPN: ‘He came from the same situation as me, leaving his family behind,’ Sancho said of the American international. ‘He was so young, and he was brave enough. America is a lot further away than England and he's taken a bigger step than I have done. How he's handled that, what he does on the pitch, his mentality [towards] football, it's just crazy. The passion he has. I admire him.

‘He's an outstanding player, I really do look up to him," Sancho added. ‘Him going away from home shows that you have to do things to get out of your comfort zone, sometimes.

‘I feel it's worked for him and it's working for me now, because we're both staying focussed and keep training hard.’

On-loan Pulisic, who is in London to face Tottenham at Wembley tonight, will link up with the Blues in the summer.
 

Eto’o believes Chelsea can bounce back

Samuel Eto’o was surprised by the heavy defeat at Manchester City last weekend but the ex-Chelsea striker expects the Blues to bounce back from the setback.

Speaking in South Africa on a promotional visit, the Cameroonian shared his thoughts on the club’s ability to recover from the loss at the Ettihad Stadium.

‘Sure, Chelsea can recover from the defeat,’ said the 37-year-old as reported on Goal.com.

‘Football is an eternal recommencement. In football, if you can’t get up when you fall then you are not fit for it.’

Eto'o felt that individual errors and lack of concentration were largely responsible for the scale of the defeat.

‘You can lose matches sometimes, but at this level, you have to be very careful,’ said the four-time African Player of the Year.

‘Conceding six goals! It is true that City are playing at an unbelievably high level at the moment, and we were not expecting anything less from a coach like Pep Guardiola, but those goals came through due to individual errors and a lack of concentration.

‘At some point, we all know how that can cost you.’

Rosler expects Malmo to give Chelsea a good test

In an interview with The Telegraph, Malmo manager Uwe Rosler said that his team have prepared well for this week’s Europa League clash against the Blues and have the mindset to give a good account of themselves.

Malmo have not played a competitive game since mid-December when they beat Besiktas 1-0 in the Europa League but Rosler senses a hunger in his squad as Malmo prepare for their biggest European game since their meeting with Nottingham Forest in the 1979 European Cup final.

‘I just believe we have the mindset, and the mindset, especially at home, is we are going out and giving them a really good game,’ said the former Manchester City forward.

‘Whether it is from the beginning or later on, I don’t know. I have seen a lot of Chelsea and the tactics will be clearer when we know who may or may not play.

‘Everybody [in the Malmo squad] is pushing really hard to be part of the game. That for me, as a coach, is a dream scenario.’

Rosler was manager of Brentford when they held Chelsea to a 2-2 draw in the FA Cup in 2013 but he feels that the top clubs in the Premier League are now much tougher to play against.

‘The difference between the top six and the rest of the Premier League gets bigger and bigger, that also means the top six compared to clubs like us,’ added the German.

‘The difference, the chance to cause an upset of the odds, gets bigger and bigger against us.”

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