22 Jun Christian Pulisic aim for Chelsea ‘inspiration’ in fightback win
Chelsea supervisor Frank Lampard praised Christian Pulisic, because the American ahead scored an equaliser 5 minutes after coming off the bench to assist his team earn a 2-1 comeback win at Aston Villa within the Premier League on Sunday.
Pulisic levelled on the hour after Kortney Hause had given Villa a 43rd minute lead, and Frenchman Olivier Giroud netted the winner two minutes later, tightening Chelsea’s grip on fourth place.
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Lampard additionally singled out midfielder Ross Barkley and right-back Cesar Azpilicueta, who arrange each Chelsea objectives — one with an outstanding cross from his flank, and the opposite with a chic move to Giroud from the alternative facet.
“The people who make the distinction ought to at all times take all of the credit score, so with Christian and Ross Barkley, who got here on on the identical time, they’re each gamers who’ve educated properly and had circumstances to start out this recreation,” mentioned Lampard.
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“We knew that health would play an element, so the thought of bringing on Christian and Ross early within the second half was at all times one thing that was in my thoughts.
“The way in which it was going, we wanted a little bit of inspiration, and Christian gave it together with his aim. I assumed Ross did very well, too. I maintain saying to the gamers how vital subs might be on this interval, and so they confirmed that.”
“I assumed Azpi was actually good within the recreation. Clearly, he delivers the ball for Christian’s aim and received actually excessive up in areas.”
The end result left Chelsea on course for a Champions League berth subsequent season, 5 factors forward of fifth-placed Manchester United and sixth-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Lampard praising his team’s character.
“We confirmed nice character and high quality within the second half to win the sport, so I am happy. I assumed we moved the ball fairly properly for a lot of the recreation and dominated possession clearly.”