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USMNT star Pulisic makes ‘not easy’ Chelsea admission as he finally watches him blossom

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Christian Pulisic admits the 2020-21 campaign has “not been easy” for him, but the USMNT star is “feeling very good” right now and is looking to end the season on a high.

The American international has suffered a number of untimely injury setbacks at Stamford Bridge, limiting him to just 12 Premier League starts this season.

He also had to deal with a change of leadership, with Thomas Tuchel inheriting the reins from Frank Lampard, but the 22-year-old has won favor in the end and has four goals in his last four appearances at club and at home.

What was said?

After a brace in a 4-1 win over Crystal Palace last time Pulisic told Chelsea official site: “Personally, I feel very good.

“I’m happy to play and help the team in any way I can. It was nice to be on the scoresheet and I feel very strong right now.

“I do my best to take care of myself. I have to take care of my body and be strong and healthy in all games.

“It hasn’t been an easy season, there have been a lot of comebacks and exits and injuries, but I’m feeling healthy and strong right now.”

How many games has Pulisic missed due to injury?

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A productive debut campaign at Chelsea in 2019-20 saw Pulisic sidelined 14 games due to injury, his season ending in a trough as he took a blow in an FA Cup final loss to Arsenal.

The illness delayed his start to the current season, with calf and hamstring issues holding him back.

More muscle problems have been suffered since then and he has served 14 more matches this season for a variety of reasons.

The big picture

Questions have been asked about Pulisic’s future in West London as he researched his form, fitness and favor, with moves are offered to Premier League rivals.

He worked hard to earn a regular role under Tuchel, however, and seems to have rediscovered a spark.

Chelsea hope they will, as they still have a lot to play.

The Blues are in the process of making the Premier League’s top-four, while establishing a lead in a Champions League quarter-final clash with Porto and preparing for an FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City.

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