Pulisic positive about safe-standing and hoping for good fortune in games ahead

Christian Pulisic noticed an impact on the noisy Stamford Bridge support he heard on Sunday at the Liverpool game, a contest in which he hoped the momentum Chelsea built in recovering a two-goal deficit would have taken us on to victory.

The match was the first in a trial period for safe standing at a selection of grounds in England or Wales, with Stamford Bridge having the standing in areas at both ends of the stadium. For Pulisic, having played outside the Premier League previously, the concept is not something new.

‘I know it from seeing it a lot in Germany,’ he pointed out, ‘and I definitely think that it helped the atmosphere because it was brilliant from the fans on Sunday.

‘I think we've been a bit unfortunate,’ he added, looking at the on-pitch action. ‘We made some mistakes and Liverpool scored two good goals but it didn't feel like they were killing us or playing us out of the stadium and we weren't in the game. We just had to keep going.

‘I’ve never seen Mateo Kovacic hit a strike like that before, it was amazing to watch, and it gave us the momentum to get another one.

‘I needed to redeem myself a bit after missing a chance early on that I should have taken and could have changed the game, so I was happy I took a really good first touch and put it away for the second goal.

‘We had all the momentum and wished almost there wasn't a half-time break. We wanted to just keep going at that stage. We came out and couldn't find the winner.’

With a cup semi-final, the start of the FA Cup campaign and league meetings with Manchester City and Tottenham to come this month, Pulisic is looking for a little spark for the side to achieve its full potential.

‘Massive games for sure,’ he noted. ‘We haven't been getting that stroke of luck I feel like we've needed in the last games, we just haven't been able to get the full three points at times which has been frustrating. Hopefully just one little bit of momentum, some stroke of luck, maybe something that will change and we can just hopefully take it game by game and to start to win.’

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