“Competition Here Is Fierce”- Christian Pulisic Struggling for Consistency in Chelsea

Published 08/14/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
Soccer Football – European Super Cup – Chelsea v Villarreal – Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland – August 11, 2021 Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic celebrates with the trophy after winning the penalty shoot-out and the European Super Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff


Once labeled a wunderkind, Christian Pulisic looks like a man out of sorts. The American footballer cannot get into Tuchel’s team right now because of poor performances and injury struggles. After bursting onto the scene during the 2015-2016 season, Pulisic had a good campaign during his time in Borussia Dortmund. After three successful seasons, the American moved to Chelsea for a fee of 58 million pounds; the most for an American player. However, things have not gone down well for him at Stamford Bridge.

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Despite playing under Tuchel during his days in Dortmund, the American winger has not shown his form in Chelsea.

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Christian Pulisic continues to struggle under Tuchel

The American spoke about his troubles to ‘Metro’ in an interview.

“It was very tough. I felt like I was in my best form and to be back on the bench was extremely tough. When you are in form, you feel good and want to carry on. Competition here is fierce. We want to win titles. It is about keeping your head in the right place, so if an opportunity comes you can still make a big impact.”

“It was kind of building up, as it was for a lot of people. Not just living alone, but everything being closed up. Covid times brought a lot of changes and things were happening in my life. I was lucky that people at Chelsea and the national team steered me in the right direction.”

With a lot of talented players in the squad, Pulisic would need to work hard to become a first-team regular at Chelsea in the upcoming season. Moreover, with the options that Tuchel has amongst his cavalry, it may not be a straightforward task.

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Chelsea is the current European Champions after beating Manchester City in last year’s final. A goal from Kai Havertz shocked the Citizens as the Blues brought home their second Champions League trophy.

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The talent Tuchel has at his disposal is incredible. With the return of Romelu Lukaku, Pulisic would need to work harder to have time to play for the Blues. Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Mason Mount, and Timo Werner are integral to Chelsea’s plans for the future. Despite playing well two seasons ago, the injury sustained in the FA cup final against Arsenal derailed his plans of becoming a first-team regular.

Soccer Football – European Super Cup – Chelsea v Villarreal – Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland – August 11, 2021 Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic scores his penalty during the shoot-out Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Pulisic is blessed with electric pace and is a complete workhouse for the team. With brilliant technical dribbling ability, Christian has what it takes to worry the opposition defenders. Although he has all the technical abilities, fitness issues are a cause of concern for the wizardry winger.

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The 2021-2022 season would be important for the player to stamp his authority on the team. He has made some appearances in the right-wing-back role, but looks clearly uncomfortable with Reece James being a better option than him. Pulisic would need to work harder to reach those potential levels he showed in his Dortmund days.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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