Pulisic's Early Chelsea Days: Scoring Goals, Learning From Lamps And Stretching With David Luiz
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True to his word, Christian Pulisic began training with Chelsea FC on Tuesday, July 16, just nine days after the USMNT’s defeat to Mexico in the Gold Cup final. His decision to join-up with the squad in lieu of an extended holiday break earned praise from Blues boss Frank Lampard, and he now has three full training sessions under his belt following today’s open practice in Yokohama, Japan.
If you don’t believe me, just look at his feet.
If that’s not enough, here’s his face.
And now here’s the ultimate highlight of his first few days with Chelsea: synchronized stretching with the man, the myth, the legend David Luiz.
But really, the one true highlight we have is from today’s session which was open to the public. It’s a fine strike.
— Oliver Harbord (@ojharbord) July 18, 2019
Pulisic’s message to everyone out there? “HITHISISCHRISTIANPULISICHERE, delighted to start out with the boys. And, uh . . . yeah. The journey starts here. Let’s go Blues.”
‘The journey starts here!’
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 16, 2019
He’s been saying other things too, mainly about what it’s like working under Lampard and his tender love for the Premier League.
“When I think of this club, there’s a lot of great players that come to mind,” Pulisic said. “I grew up watching Frank Lampard and all of those guys at the top of their game in the Premier League and in the Champions League. To me, Chelsea were always one of the biggest teams and now to be playing here, it’s really come full circle from that moment. It feels amazing.
“I think I have a lot of speed and creativity that I can bring to the game; quickness and different attacking abilities that can really help the team. I think I have some tools that can really do well in this league. I just can’t wait.”
The Special Relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is being repaired thanks to our fine ambassador.
— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) July 16, 2019
Here's some more short form, snackable video content for you young folks.
— USMNT Only (@usmntonly) July 16, 2019
Now some reporting for you old folks: According to eyewitnesses, Pulisic was part of a Chelsea starting XI today in which he was stationed out wide on the left. He’ll almost certainly make his Chelsea (friendly) debut tomorrow when the Blues play Kawasaki Frontale at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama.
Chelsea returns to action on Tuesday, July 23 with a friendly against Barcelona in Saitama, Japan.