Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic says winning last season’s Champions League has left his teammates confident and hungry for more ahead of the new campaign.
Pulisic played a big part in both Chelsea’s Champions League success as well as the American national team’s CONCACAF Nations League finals victory.
At club level, Pulisic came off the bench in the second half of the 1-0 victory over Manchester City in Porto on May 29 and nearly two months later admits he is not used to his status as a European champion.
“The whole thing was kind of unreal,” he told Chelsea’s club website. “I don’t know, winning it has never really fully hit me I don’t think. Maybe it will in more time. I think it will take me a couple of years for it to really sink in!”
Despite not being used to his and the team’s great achievement to win the west Londoners’ second Champions League in their history, the 22-year-old believes that this winning momentum will carry over into the 2021/22 season.
“It’s just a really proud moment in my career, to be involved in a success like that,” he added. “I think a lot of the guys will go into this season nice and confident and that’s really important, and also everyone is hungry to win more which is the best thing you can have in the team. We all just want to keep on getting better.’
However, the Champions League victory was just the start of what was to come immediately next for Pulisic, as he had no time to dwell with USA’s involvement in the newly formed CONCACAF Nations League.
The ex-Borussia Dortmund winger played a vital part in his country’s wins over Honduras and Mexico, as the USA went on to win the competition. The 3-2 win over Mexico in the final meant it was two winner’s medals in the space of 10 days for Pulisic.
“The Champions League win was incredible and I really wanted to finish off the year strong,” Pulisic said. “Then I went off with the national team and that was a really important win for us too, for the younger guys that we have.
“It was almost a full stadium so it was really cool, with a really intense atmosphere so I really enjoyed it and it was a strong way to end the season.”
Pulisic featured in a total 43 games in all competitions last season under Thomas Tuchel and ex-boss Frank Lampard, contributing six goals and four assists.
The 22-year-old is already in pre-season training with this youthful-looking Blues side, as Tuchel’s Chelsea side attempt to mount a title challenge against current Premier League holders Manchester City in the upcoming 2021/22 season.
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Source by Football London