Christian Pulisic’s first start for Chelsea ended on a high note against one of Europe’s top teams.
The U.S. Men’s National Team star helped the Blues to a 2-1 win over Barcelona in Japan on Tuesday. Pulisic did not register a point, but easily could’ve finished with an assist. He also left Gerard Pique in the dust on a great solo effort up the field, exciting Chelsea fans for this upcoming season.
Pulisic’s early effort was saved by Marc Andre ter Stegen while Tammy Abraham sent the rebound over the goal. Abraham would make amends later in the match with a goal, while Ross Barkley also scored.
Ivan Rakitic pulled a goal back in stoppage time for Barcelona, but the Catalan side could not avoid defeat.
Pulisic played 60 minutes in the friendly win and wore No. 24 on his jersey. It is unlikely that he will wear former Blues’ star Eden Hazard’s No. 10 as Willian is the likely candidate to do so.
Pulisic shows off his blistering pace as he races away down the left flank, he tries his luck on goal from a tight angle, but it smashes the side netting.
That pace… ⚡️
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Although Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez did not feature, Antoine Griezmann did make his first appear for his new club.
Chelsea close out preseason with matches against Reading (July 28), RB Salzburg (July 31) and Borussia Monchengladbach (Aug. 3) before opening Premier League play on Aug. 11th against Manchester United.
As for Pulisic if he continues to put in performances like Tuesday’s he should have zero issue starting in Frank Lampard’s opening day lineup.
Also twitter feed with bunch of Brits saying he was awsum. Might want to re-watch that one KC
I did my man.
And the brits seem to be high on Mason Mount, that was alot of the talk yesterday on talksport.
i watch the games and dont rely on twitter.
Shines? Did I watch the same game?
I’m all for this kid but he had an OK game, bland. Had two chances, pro shld have done better on his shot on goal and whiffed on a one timer just inside box.
Noone shined really, except for Kepa, the keep.
Interesting. I did not see the game but every article, US sources and non US sources, pretty much seems in agreement that he was excellent. YMMV.
Yea, i mean im not saying he was bad. When I saw the glowing praise here and on another site, I was taken aback.
I dvred it and watched again last night. Did originally miss the run that led to a shot to the side netting (nice solo dribble) but stick to my analysis.
Like if he was in a Dortmund shirt yesterday, it would have been an OK game. Since it was a first Chelsea start, shining. Im being petty.
But will say, he will need to be more clinical if he wants to keep the english critics at bay.
Daily Star named him MOTM. https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/793626/Chelsea-player-ratings-Barcelona-Lampard-Pulisic-Mount-Jorginho-Kovacic-Luiz
Sounds like you didn’t watch the game at all