Christian Pulisic is delighted that Chelsea go into the last day of the Premier League season with our fate in our own hands.
The Blues bounced straight back from the disappointment of losing the FA Cup final to Leicester City by defeating the same opponents in a crucial head-to-head match in the race for a top-four finish and Champions League qualification.
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That result, coming during a frantic fixture schedule in the closing stages of the season, took us above the Foxes and into third place in the table, with a narrow one-point lead over Leicester and Liverpool going into today's last round of fixtures.
However, Pulisic says the build-up of matches across three competitions at this stage of the season has not affected the team, with the players just looking forward to finishing the job against Aston Villa.
‘It is a lot of games but we’re used to it, we’ve been doing this for months now,’ he said. ‘Obviously it was a disappointing result in the FA Cup but I’m really happy we could put things in our own hands in the Premier League. So today we go out and we need a good win and we move on from there. We have it all left to play for this season and hopefully we can do well.’
The American also acknowledged the huge role the atmosphere created by the Chelsea supporters at Stamford Bridge played in that victory over Leicester.
‘It was incredible. It wasn’t even full, but it was one of the best atmosphere’s I’ve felt, just because I think everyone was so excited and hyped to get back into the stadium. They really carried us through that game, I have to say. The atmosphere was incredible, it just felt like the whole time we had that momentum that just kept going and going and the fans really drove us, so that was a special one.’
In addition, as he approaches the end of his second season in the Premier League, the American has been looking back at how he has adapted to life at Stamford Bridge and where he hopes to improve further in 2021/22.
‘It’s been a crazy couple of years for sure. This is always where I wanted to be, playing in the Premier League at an amazing club like Chelsea, who have given me the opportunity. It’s been special. I’m proud of how far I’ve come, not just as a player but as a person as well. People don’t see that side, it’s been a big change for me, but I’m enjoying it a lot.
‘The Premier League has definitely made me a lot stronger, physically especially, and also mentally with all the games and the constant pressure game after game. It’s a very busy schedule here so I’ve learned a lot about my body and what I need to do to try and keep myself healthy as best I can.
‘I still want to improve how clinical I am in my decision making and constantly making the right decisions and helping my team to score goals, so that in the opportunities that I get, I really make the most of them. I’m confident with my dribbling, with my skills, and if I continue to just work on those things and become very clinical I think I can be very dangerous.’