In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Christian Pulisic earns plaudits for his two-goal performance against RB Salzburg, Pedro leaves a big impression with his stunning goal in Austria and Jose Mourinho has been linked with the manager’s position at Valencia.
These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.
‘Sweet’ reviews for Pulisic after brace in Salzbug
Referencing Christian Pulisic’s hometown of Hershey, the home of the famous chocolate bar which bears its name, the Daily Mail used a confectionary metaphor to describe the American’s excellent performance in our 5-3 victory over RB Salzburg on Wednesday.
Under the heading ‘Christian Pulisic is sweet’ in its talking points from the game, the paper stated ‘his appetite for goals came to the fore in an electric performance’ and added ‘this was an outing that bodes well’.
‘Pulisic can time his runs to perfection and against an admittedly below par defence, his team-mates found him with ease,’ added the report.
‘On three occasions in the space of 10 minutes the attacking midfielder found himself through on goal. The return was impressive.
‘On one occasion he won a penalty, on the other two he finished clinically. This felt like a big night.’
The Sun was in full agreement, giving the American a rating of nine out of 10.
‘Fantastic performance with the American getting his first two goals in Blue and winning a penalty. His speed and directness will make Chelsea a completely [different] threat to last season,’ it added.
Meanwhile, 90min.com named Pulisic as its Star Man of the game.
‘His attacking play was excellent and his burst of energy was vital in Chelsea's win, as he finally got off the mark for the Blues in a superb display,’ it stated.
Pedro makes mark with stunning goal
While Pulisic was the Blues’ star man at Salzburg, the American may have been upstaged by a moment of magic by Pedro as he produced a stunning ‘scorpion kick’ for our fourth goal against the Austrian champions.
The Daily Mail stated the Spaniard had stolen the show.
‘Even the Salzburg coach applauded. On 57 minutes Pedro gave everyone in this stadium a moment they will never forget,’ stated the paper.
‘The winger somehow contorted himself through the air to meet a Ross Barkley cross with a deft, volleyed backheel over the keeper for a thing of beauty.
‘It has to be seen to be believed. Words cannot do it justice.
The Sun was also left stunned by Pedro’s moment of genius.
‘It's a shame this was only pre-season, because Pedro scored one of the best goals of his career. A simply incredible back-heel volley,’ it wrote.
Mourinho linked with Valencia job
The Sun is reporting former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho could be returning to management at Spanish side Valencia.
Citing a report in Spanish publication Libertad, the paper indicates the Portuguese is being lined up to replace current manager Marcelino, who is reportedly close to leaving after falling out with the club’s owners despite the team winning the Copa del Rey and qualifying for the Champions League by finishing fourth in La Liga last season.
‘Valencia are ready to bring Jose Mourinho back into management if their current boss quits his post,’ the paper reports.
‘Manager Marcelino could walk out of the Spanish club following a fallout with the club hierarchy.
‘Valencia are wasting no time in finding a replacement and believe they can lure the Portuguese manager to the club.’
Mourinho himself has told Sky Sports of his desire to get back into management after being out of work since he left Manchester United last December.
‘My friends tell me 'enjoy your time, enjoy your July, enjoy your August, enjoy what you never had,' he said.
‘Honestly, I can't enjoy. I am not happy enough to enjoy.
‘I miss my football, I have the fire, I have a compromise with myself, with people that love me, with so many fans that I have around the world, so many people that I inspired.
‘I have to be patient and wait for the right opportunity and the right opportunity is one that is at the same size and the same level that I am as a manager.’