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Sport Pulisic admits he was 'very frustrated' not to start Chelsea's second leg triumph over Real Madrid

21:00  06 may  2021
21:00  06 may  2021 Source:   goal.com

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  'I'm not trying to be like Hazard!' - Pulisic plays down comparisons with ex-Chelsea talisman The United States international feels he still has a "way to go" before reaching the same level as the Real Madrid starPulisic arrived at Stamford Bridge from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2019, shortly after Hazard completed his own big-money move to Real Madrid.

Christian Pulisic has admitted that he was "very frustrated" not to start Chelsea's second leg triumph over Real Madrid on Tuesday night.

Chelsea set up an all-English Champions League final against Manchester City by beating Madrid 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, having previously earned a 1-1 draw at The Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium in the first leg of the last-four tie.

Timo Werner scored the opener before Pulisic came off the bench to assist Kai Havertz' late second goal, but the United States international felt he deserved more than just a substitute's role.

What's been said?

"Very frustrated," Pulisic told CBS Sports post-match. "Umm, yeah, there's not much else to say. I wanted to play from the beginning, as I always do.

Chelsea's Pulisic confident injury problems are behind him

  Chelsea's Pulisic confident injury problems are behind him Chelsea's Pulisic confident injury problems are behind him and he is ready to make an impact as the club enters a crucial phase. © Reuters/CLIVE ROSE Premier League - Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion The U.S. international was restricted to mainly substitute appearances following the arrival of manager Thomas Tuchel in January but has started six of their last eight matches. "I feel very confident in my body and my fitness level at the moment," Pulisic said. "I have played a string of games. "I never thought of myself as a player who was injury prone or anything.

"I've had to continue to prove myself over and over again. But, as always I reach out to God and he gives me strength.

"With that behind me, nothing can stop me really."

Pulisic's impact against Madrid

Pulisic stole the headlines in Chelsea's first-leg meeting with Madrid as he fired home their all-important away goal to cap a superb all-round performance, and many expected him to start again in the return fixture after being rested for Saturday's Premier League win over Fulham.

However, Thomas Tuchel ultimately decided to go with a front three of Werner, Havertz and Mason Mount at the Bridge, with Pulisic not introduced to the action until the 67th minute.

Werner set the Blues on their way to victory when he headed into an empty net just before the half-hour mark, but Madrid stayed in the game until deep into the second period as the hosts struggled to find a cutting edge in the final third.

Real Madrid 1-1 Chelsea: Pulisic gives Blues away-goal advantage

  Real Madrid 1-1 Chelsea: Pulisic gives Blues away-goal advantage Chelsea sealed a 1-1 draw at Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi, seemingly making them favourites to progress.Zinedine Zidane's side were guilty of a sluggish start in Valdebebas and, although they managed to restore parity, rarely did Los Blancos look likely to take a win to Stamford Bridge.

Pulisic eventually popped up as the architect for Chelsea's all-important second with five minutes left to play, receiving a N'Golo Kante pass in the box before steadying himself and picking out Havertz for a simple tap-in.

Pulisic's overall record in 2020-21

Pulisic has missed a total of 14 games through injury this term, and has been in and out of the team when fit as he has struggled to find his best form.

The 22-year-old has, however, still been able to contribute six goals and three assists to Chelsea's cause in 37 outings across all competitions, and could have another chance to prove himself when Tuchel's side take on City in the Premier League this weekend.

Further reading

  • 'F*cked, yes' - Ramos reacts to Chelsea defeat

  • UCL Betting: Man City favourites to beat Chelsea in final

  • In-fighting to Istanbul: How Tuchel turned Chelsea into UCL finalists

Pulisic, McKennie, Dike among players named to USMNT's preliminary squad for Nations League .
The U.S. will face Honduras in the competition's semi-final with either Mexico or Costa Rica to play the winner in the finaleCONCACAF unveiled each of the four semi-finalists' preliminary squads on Monday, with the USMNT set to face Honduras on June 3rd in Denver before taking on either Mexico or Costa Rica in the tournament finale.

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