Christian Pulisic drew extra fouls on Tuesday for Chelsea than anybody has within the Champions League since 2011, profitable 11 free kicks in a 1-0 defeat that also noticed the Blues transfer previous Porto on combination.
The final participant to succeed in that mark within the competitors was Lionel Messi in opposition to Real Madrid in a semi-final victory a decade in the past.
Pulisic is starting to earn extra minutes beneath supervisor Thomas Tuchel, getting the beginning vs Porto after enjoying 90 minutes this previous weekend in opposition to Crystal Palace, and his skill to outmanoeuvre his opponents with the ball at his ft has confirmed an asset for the Blues.
Pulisic’s optimistic efficiency got here two days after he had admitted his 2020-21 marketing campaign has not gone precisely to plan.
The ahead went a number of months with out scoring and located himself exterior of Tuchel’s lineup till gaining favour in latest weeks.
“It has not been an easy season,” Pulisic mentioned to Chelsea’s official website within the build-up to the Porto match.
“There has been a lot of coming in and coming out and injuries, but I’m feeling healthy and strong right now.”
His boosted type and the robust play of attacking companions Kai Havertz and Mason Mount have lifted Chelsea’s play within the remaining third forward of an FA Cup semi-final conflict with Manchester City this weekend.