Christian Pulisic has hailed the Frank Lampard era after Chelsea made it six wins in a row with an impressive 1-0 victory away to Ajax in the Champions League.
Michy Batshuayi turned in fellow substitute Pulisic's cross in the 86th minute to earn arguably Chelsea’s best win under Lampard and help the Blues’ quest to qualify from Group H.
Chelsea are now top of their group after starting the Champions League with a home defeat by Valencia, while they will travel to Burnley in the Premier League at the weekend, sitting in fourth place in the table.
Lampard’s side look to have turned around inconsistent early-season form characterised by poor defensive displays and Pulisic, who supplied his third assist in his last four substitute appearances, tried to explain the changes in the camp.
“It’s tough to say why [things have changed]. I think we put a lot of hard work in and throughout the game, and at half time, we just said to keep going, keep fighting because we’re doing well and the subs are going to come in for tired guys and really make a difference," Pulisic said at the Johan Cruijff ArenA.
“Of course, I was given another opportunity to go in and the manager told me, ‘go in, make an impact, make a difference’ and I’m happy I was able to help a little bit with that.
“I think we have a great mix of youth and experienced players, and I think that’s the reason why we’ve been getting great results lately. I think that’s coming together, we have a great balance.
“Team spirit definitely doesn’t need to be questioned. It’s there and we’re going to keep going. Being the only American, it’s nice; I can go with some of the French guys, the Brazilians. It’s good, it’s a good mix and I’ve been really close with everyone so it’s great just getting to know all of the guys.
“Now we’ve got six in a row, we want to keep going, keep fighting and keep it up and get the best results we can. He (Lampard) says that all of the time, we’re a team, we need every single player on the roster, he’s happy and I’m really happy with how it’s gone.