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Christian Pulisic ‘excited’ with Chelsea return after ‘smart’ comeback from ankle injury

Christian Pulisic has been ‘excited’ about his return to Chelsea following a ‘smart’ comeback from an ankle injury … with the midfielder insisting he can play as a false nine after Thomas Tuchel deployed him there in the demolition of Juventus.

  • Christian Pulisic played 72 minutes with Chelsea in his win against Juventus
  • It was the 23-year-old American’s first start for the Blues since mid-August.
  • He insisted that not rushing back has allowed him to work his way back.
  • Pulisic insists he is happy to play as the false nine if Thomas Tuchel so chooses


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Christian Pulisic admits he was “excited” to be back in Chelsea’s starting XI in their 4-0 thrashing of Juventus, and believes he has been rewarded for not rushing his injury recovery.

Pulisic played 72 minutes for the Blues against the Serie A giants as they ensured their European crown defense will enter in 2022 after sealing progression to the knockout stages of the Champions League on Tuesday night. .

It was the first time that the 23-year-old, who came off the bench to score in the Blues’ 3-0 win at Leicester last weekend, was named to Thomas Tuchel’s starting lineup since his first game of league of the season against Crystal Palace. , a game in which he also scored.

Christian Pulisic was 'excited' to return to Chelsea's starting eleven in their win against Juventus

Christian Pulisic was ‘excited’ to return to Chelsea’s starting eleven in their win against Juventus

Pulisic was named to the starting eleven for the first time since mid-August against Crystal Palace.

Pulisic was named to the starting eleven for the first time since mid-August against Crystal Palace.

Pulisic was named to the starting eleven for the first time since mid-August against Crystal Palace.

Pulisic missed the next two months of action with an ankle injury, but believes his “smart” methods have assured him that he has been able to return to the German manager’s plans in recent weeks.

“It’s been a long couple of months,” the 23-year-old said after the Blues’ victory at Stamford Bridge. “It’s hard not being able to play and do what I love and help my team.

“I’m excited to be back and it’s great to be back on the team. I would say, in terms of fitness, I am close to where I want to be but I can still improve and that comes with minutes.

The 23-year-old missed two months after an ankle injury suffered in international service.

The 23-year-old missed two months after an ankle injury suffered in international service.

The 23-year-old missed two months after an ankle injury suffered in international service.

“ I played pretty smart in the way I came back with not too too soon. It’s been really good and I’m happy with the way I feel right now. ‘

Pulisic finally came back from injury with cameos against Malmo and Burnley earlier this month before scoring at King Power Stadium on Saturday.

However, in his first start since mid-August, American international Pulisic played an unknown role by leading the line as the false nine against Massimiliano Allegri’s men.

After cameos against Malmo and Burnley, came off the bench to score against Leicester

After cameos against Malmo and Burnley, came off the bench to score against Leicester

After cameos against Malmo and Burnley, came off the bench to score against Leicester

Tuchel was not prepared to risk Romelu Lukaku, who was a rare substitute who had just returned from an ankle problem, but Pulisic insists it is a role he is ‘happy’ to fill in the future.

On how he adapted to his new position, Pulisic added: ‘As for the role of the false nine, I think I can play a lot of the attacking positions within this team.

‘I was in a slightly different role. I’m not on the ball as much as usual nor am I able to use some of my strengths, but I think it’s a position I can play in.

“I can create a lot of space for my teammates and I’m also happy to play there.”

Pulisic insists that he is happy to play as a false nine as he did against Leonardo Bonucci and co.

Pulisic insists that he is happy to play as a false nine as he did against Leonardo Bonucci and co.

Pulisic insists that he is happy to play as a false nine as he did against Leonardo Bonucci and co.

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