Saturday, October 5, 2019

Frank Lampard urges Pulisic to be patient.

Christian Pulisic has admitted to being 'frustrated' at a lack of game time under Frank Lampard, but the Blues manager has urged patience in the early Chelsea career of the 21-year-old.

Lampard left Pulisic out of the squad entirely for Chelsea's 2-1 away win over Lille in the Champions League, meaning that the American hasn't played in four of his side's last five matches.

The manager didn't use the £58 million signing from Borussia Dortmund at all in the Premier League in September, with Chelsea preparing to face Southampton on Sunday in their first October league match.
Leading up to the game, Lampard explained why Pulisic continues to not be selected ahead of the likes of Willian, Mason Mount, Pedro and the returning Callum Hudson-Odoi.

"He’s level. I spoke to him two days before the Grimsby game and was very clear about the standards and we have to give him the fact that he’s moved country and moved leagues," Lampard told reporters at Cobham Training Centre.

"He’s as young as all the young players we keep talking about. He’s just turned 21. So IChristian Pulisic has admitted to being 'frustrated' at a lack of game time under Frank Lampard, but the Blues manager has urged patience in the early Chelsea career of the 21-year-old.
Lampard left Pulisic out of the squad entirely for Chelsea's 2-1 away win over Lille in the Champions League, meaning that the American hasn't played in four of his side's last five matches.
The manager didn't use the £58 million signing from Borussia Dortmund at all in the Premier League in September, with Chelsea preparing to face Southampton on Sunday in their first October league match.
Leading up to the game, Lampard explained why Pulisic continues to not be selected ahead of the likes of Willian, Mason Mount, Pedro and the returning Callum Hudson-Odoi.
"He’s level. I spoke to him two days before the Grimsby game and was very clear about the standards and we have to give him the fact that he’s moved country and moved leagues," Lampard told reporters at Cobham Training Centre.
"He’s as young as all the young players we keep talking about. He’s just turned 21. So I think if anyone is getting too excited about this they should calm down because he’s started five games for us and what he needs to do is work, work daily, work to show within the group that he deserves to play.
"As they all do, as all the players do. That’s what the focus on everyone is. This is one of my difficult problems in this job. I have good players and everyone has a story.
"Christian Pulisic has a price tag. Ross Barkley is an international player. Mason Mount is an international player, Callum Hudson-Odoi just signed a new contract, Bayern Munich wanted to buy him last summer. He’s an international player.
"Ruben Loftus-Cheek will come back and be an international player. I can't pick them all and be in the game unfortunately. All I have to demand of them is that they show me in training and show me that they are worthy of the place.
"We can all focus on Pulisic from the other day but Callum’s the same and I have to speak in the real world when I speak to them and sometimes as a manager you want more.
"You have to be honest and the players have to react to that and Callum has now come on with two assists in the games that he’s come on and that’s what you want to keep pushing. I love the young players. I particularly love the young players because I want them to improve daily.
"At the same time, sometimes I have to make harsh decisions and say something that I see can help their game but might not sound that nice because I want them to be the best, all of them. That’s what I want them to be. That’s part of the process.

"I think if anyone is getting too excited about this they should calm down because he’s started five games for us and what he needs to do is work, work daily, work to show within the group that he deserves to play.

"As they all do, as all the players do. That’s what the focus on everyone is. This is one of my difficult problems in this job. I have good players and everyone has a story.

"Christian Pulisic has a price tag. Ross Barkley is an international player. Mason Mount is an international player, Callum Hudson-Odoi just signed a new contract, Bayern Munich wanted to buy him last summer. He’s an international player.
"Ruben Loftus-Cheek will come back and be an international player. I can't pick them all and be in the game unfortunately. All I have to demand of them is that they show me in training and show me that they are worthy of the place.

"We can all focus on Pulisic from the other day but Callum’s the same and I have to speak in the real world when I speak to them and sometimes as a manager you want more.

"You have to be honest and the players have to react to that and Callum has now come on with two assists in the games that he’s come on and that’s what you want to keep pushing. I love the young players. I particularly love the young players because I want them to improve daily.

"At the same time, sometimes I have to make harsh decisions and say something that I see can help their game but might not sound that nice because I want them to be the best, all of them. That’s what I want them to be. That’s part of the process."

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