Friday, October 4, 2019

Azpilicueta backs Pulisic: “I see his character, working hard in training, and I’m sure he will be very important for us for the season.”

Christian Pulisic will prove “very important” to Chelsea, says Cesar Azpilicueta, with the American being backed to overcome a testing start to his time at Stamford Bridge.

The Unites States international arrived in west London over the summer amid much fanfare.

At 21 years of age, but with considerable domestic and international experience under his belt, Pulisic was expected to become the next star to step into Eden Hazard’s boots.

He has, however, found the going tough in England and has slipped down the pecking order under Frank Lampard as a result.

Pulisic has not started a Premier League game since August and figured in only one of Chelsea’s last six games in all competitions – a 7-1 Carabao Cup mauling of Grimsby.

The highly-rated youngster did not even make the Blues’ matchday squad for a 2-1 Champions League win over Lille on Wednesday, but he has the full support of those around him.

Chelsea captain Azplilicueta told the club’s official website of a player still adjusting to new surroundings: “As the manager said, we are a group, we are all important on this long path, we are only in October.

“Sometimes the manager has to make decisions, but I see him [Pulisic] working hard in training.

“What I can say is to encourage him to keep working, because we know it is a new country, a new team, a bit of time of adaption is needed.

“I see his character, working hard in training, and I’m sure he will be very important for us for the season.”

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