Monday, July 6, 2020

Barkley: “Coronavirus break did Pulisic a whole lot of good”

Christian Pulisic has been on fire since premier league action resumed in June.

His teammate Ross Barkley has joined in the plaudits having been impressed with the American’s form.

Barkley who scored Chelsea’s third goal on Saturday night attributed Pulisic’s form to the Coronavirus break he took good use of.

“Since he came back from lockdown he has been on fire," 


"He had a couple of little niggles earlier in the season - and he didn’t have much of a break last summer before he joined us. So maybe this break has done him a world of good.


"Since he came back he has been blazing. He has been scoring great goals in training and now he has been doing it in matches.


"He is such a difficult player to defend against because he is so direct. He is also so confident. He is always ready to try and take a player on. He is a real problem for defenders


The Englishman has been involved in off-field incidents earlier this season but Manager Lampard appeared to have put faith in him.


"We are all humans, we make mistakes and I am no exception. But it was not taking any attention away from my football for me. It never did. I am a professional and I always work hard”


"I’ve been feeling fit and I worked really hard during the lockdown to make sure I was ready. I feel that is paying off now because I feel really fit and really good. I just want to carry this on now. It is great that the goals are going in as well.


"You are always pleased when there is an end product to your play. We have been working on that in training and it is great when it pays off in matches. With the players we have like Mason [Mount] and Christian in the team, we are always going to get goals."


“We were not at our best at West Ham," "We needed to get back to winning ways. It was important that we performed tonight and we did. It was a good all-round performance, and we needed it.


“It was important because teams were gaining on us in the chase for Champions League places and we need to put some space in between them and us. We have got so much to play for now - with the FA Cup as well.”

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