With goals in the 20th and 28th minutes, Christian Pulisic netted a brace against FC Salzburg on Wednesday. The goals were his first two since transferring to Chelsea.
Pulisic also drew a foul that led to penalty kick converted by Ross Barkley in the 23rd minute.
Christian Pulisic’s first Chelsea goal
Pulisic’s first Chelsea goal was delivered by a perfect through ball from Pedro in the 20th minute. The American coolly finished a shot from the center of the box.
Pulisic’s second goal was a clever chip in the 28th minute. A similar through ball, this time by Barkley, led to the goal.
It was noted that Pulisic made many of the same runs in behind the line against Reading earlier this week, where he started and played the first half, but seemed to be missing the quality in pass and play from teammates on the field. Today however, the runs were met with the quality expected from a Champions League side, with the expected results.
The new Chelsea manager had this to say following the match.
“He is a big signing for us with big potential but the big question is he has to adapt to a different league,” Lampard said. “But I have seen already a really good attitude and a willingness to listen to information. He is 20 years of age so we have to remember he is young. I am happy to work with him, I want him to improve him.”
“He showed his quality and I love the nature of his goals where he has an intention to run behind the line and not come short, and the finishing was good,” Lampard said. “It is what he is going to have to do because he is going to play in the Premier League and the Champions League, this is the top end. A winger has to have the desire not just to be tidy but to be getting in behind people and then with his quality he can be a really big player for us.”
The big question remains. Will the young “Captain America” start for the Blues against the Reds come the opening fixture?