Speaking exclusively to Chelsea TV after last night’s 0-0 draw with Sevilla, Christian Pulisic reflected on a job well done defensively and gave an update on his own fitness having now started two games this season.
The American played all but the final couple of minutes of our Champions League opener, and although he did not have the major impact going forward he so often did at the back-end of last season, he certainly contributed to a solid collective showing full of shape and sturdiness.
‘It was definitely a tough game,’ said Pulisic.
‘It was one of those where there were not a lot of chances in the game, a really hard-fought match, we did a lot of good defending, and I think we can walk away proud with a point.
‘They’re a strong team. They put us to the test, they moved the ball really well and we definitely defended a lot.
‘It’s everyone’s job to be behind the ball at times,’ added Pulisic of his own shift.
‘We have to help out defensively. Going away from the game with a clean sheet will give us some confidence. It’s not bad for the guys.
‘We have got to find the balance [between defence and attack]. We want to create more chances; I want to help with that. We are going to continue to work to improve as a team.’
October has yielded Pulisic’s first three appearances since the nasty hamstring injury he sustained in the FA Cup final at Wembley. Having come on against Crystal Palace in the last fixtures before the international break, he has now started two matches in four days and reported to Chelsea TV he is in good shape.
‘Fitness-wise I feel great,’ he said.
‘I’m getting back to where I was, I feel strong, I feel like I can play 90 minutes, and I’m happy.’