Christian Pulisic and Chelsea accomplished a reversal of fortunes after Frank Lampard’s reign at Stamford Bridge got here to an finish after boxing day, with the membership successful its second Champions League trophy since Roman Abramovich turned membership proprietor.
The Blues did properly to scupper the plans of Pep Guardiola and Manchester Metropolis, with the Etihad outfit trying to elevate their first piece of European silverware after the membership confirmed their standing as prime canine within the Premier League as soon as extra. Nevertheless it was to not be for Pep as soon as once more, and an American performed a key function in Chelsea’s run to the ultimate this season.
Netting a aim throughout their semi-final two-legged conflict with Actual Madrid, Pulisic confirmed his standing as the primary United States males’s worldwide to win the best membership honor in Europe.
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The Hershey, Pennsylvania-native has already etched his title in United States lore earlier in opposition to Actual Madrid, when his aim within the first-leg 1-1 draw not solely made Pulisic the highest-scoring American within the competitors’s historical past, however the one American to ever rating a aim within the semi-final of the Champions League whereas additionally being the primary from the States to ever rating in opposition to Actual.
Ever since his breakthrough at Borussia Dortmund underneath Thomas Tuchel, Pulisic has been a star within the making at each membership degree in addition to again house within the US. Following within the footsteps of the likes of Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey, Pulisic has impressed at each flip. The versatile and gifted ahead has firmly planted the US flag on European grounds because the headline title – and face – of a technology of gamers representing the celebrities and stripes which can be younger, hungry, and adequate to make a substantial affect on the European recreation.
There have been questions round his future at Chelsea, nevertheless, with Pulisic solely being a bit-part starter for Tuchel’s Blues regardless of his performances enhancing underneath the German tactician since his appointment. Now not seen as first-choice, and with Chelsea’s spending habits this season mirroring their development of repeatedly trying to enhance the group, some have speculated that he was sad along with his rule and will search for a transfer away if the state of affairs didn’t enhance. However these rumors were put to bed by Pulisic himself, claiming he was completely completely happy on the membership regardless of the obvious change in significance.
No matter what lies forward for the American prodigy, his story continues to encourage as he blazes a path for a lot of others like him which can be presently in his wake.