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Christian Pulisic sends clear message to Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel ahead of West Brom clash

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Christian Pulisic is full of confidence ahead of Chelsea’s clash with West Brom (Picture: Getty)

Christian Pulisic says he’s feeling ‘confident’ and ‘excited’ about his game once again ahead of Chelsea’s return to Premier League action at home to West Brom this weekend.

The 22-year-old winger was arguably Frank Lampard’s most consistent performer in the second half of last season but has badly struggled for form and fitness since being forced off with a hamstring injury in the 2020 FA Cup final.

The international break may have come at the perfect time for Pulisic given he has failed to nail down a starting spot and is still yet to score a single goal under new boss Thomas Tuchel.

And while Pulisic was taken off at halfway stage in the United States’ comfortable victory over Jamaica last week, he scored what proved to be the winner against Northern Ireland, making no mistake from the penalty spot.

Pulisic converted a second-half spot-kick as the United States beat Northern Ireland (Picture: Getty)

‘It always feels good, of course, to get on the scoresheet,’ the American said in the wake of the USA’s friendly in Belfast.

‘It’s definitely going to help build some confidence.

‘I’m feeling good right now, and the guys are feeling good as it seemed here. For me personally as well, going back to the club level, I’m really excited.

‘I’m feeling confident, as I’ve said. I feel the best I’ve felt in my game for a while, so I’m excited for what’s to come.’

Timo Werner’s experience with Germany was not quite so enjoyable, with the striker missing a sitter in the side’s shock World Cup qualifying defeat to North Macedonia.

Asked about the miss at his press conference on Friday, Tuchel jumped to Werner’s defence and said it was ‘just a matter of time’ before the forward found his scoring boots again.

‘First of all, it was a bad pass from Ilkay Gundogan this is how I see it, no I’m just joking,’ Tuchel told reporters in the lead-up to Chelsea’s match with West Brom at Stamford Bridge.

‘Of course he misses the chance and everbody is passionate to talk about it which is a bit annoying for me. It’s a moment where he arrives where everyone talks about Timo Werner but the truth is he did not start three times for Germany, so maybe if he has more minutes he would’ve scored more.

‘It’s an easy solution in the moment to point the finger to Timo which I cannot understand fully and I will not accept. I am happy he is back here because here he is protected. We demand a lot from him and we get a lot from him.

‘The best thing maybe is to look at the situation honestly and not focus on the bad things but to look honestly where yes he is in a moment where he lacks confidence, where things are not too easy, the ball does not work out like it usually works out.

‘But he works hard for us. If this is the most critical point of his career so far look at the data and the statistics, he scores still for us, he is doing assists for us he is winning decisive penalties for us. So if this is the most critical point in your career you can still accept it and say it’s pretty impressive so far.

‘I trust and I hope he does the same. I talk to him about it butthis guy scores since he’s five years old and he never stopped so he can trust that his brain and body remembers to do that. It is absolutely usual for him to score so it will come back. It’s just a matter of time.’

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