Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic said he has been happy with his new mindset since arriving at Stamford Bridge last summer.
The 21-year-old joined Borussia Dortmund’s academy at the age of 16 in February 2015.
Just a year after that, in 2016, he made his competitive debut in a Bundesliga game against FC Ingolstadt.
Considering his a meteoric rise, along with his national team inclusion a couple of months later, it is unsurprising that people have had high expectations for him since his early age.
It’s even safe to say he has been the face of his entire country in football.
Pulisic has admitted the pressure had a big impact on him when he was at Dortmund, but it has changed since arriving at Chelsea.
Speaking to Philadelphia Union II, he said: “In Dortmund, I almost felt like I wasn’t my full self there at times.
“I was kind of letting the pressure got to me and I expected myself to perform at such a high level.
“And that’s what I’ve been really happy with since I’ve been at Chelsea, I told myself, ‘Go play the way you know how to play, go dribble, take people on, and don’t be scared of anything!’
“In the end, it’s about me, my coaches and teammates, what anyone else says really doesn’t bother me anymore.”
Pulisic also said being be of the United States national team at 17 and being looked at as “that guy” was tough for him at the beginning.
At Chelsea, Pulisic has started becoming Frank Lampard’s “go-to guy” on the left flank when he is fully fit.
He suffered a “freak” abductor injury which kept him out since January but is expected to be eligible to play when the Premier League returns to action.
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