Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said Christian Pulisic was crucial to his plan as they secured a 2-1 win over Manchester City on Thursday.
The 21-year-old scored the opening goal and could have bagged another one, had it not been for Kyle Walker’s goal-line clearance in the second half.
Lampard said that Pulisic’s pace and ability to glide past defenders made it possible to punish Manchester City’s mistakes.
Particularly in this game, where the rather defensive plan meant Chelsea would not have had a lot of time with the ball.
He told Goal: “We had to work defensively so, so hard and we did it, and we created the better chances on the night.”
“You always try and limit your errors, which there have been issues with at times, and you always try and capitalise [on your opponents’].
“But when you’ve got pace and you’ve got players like Christian who can get away from people and drive with the ball, you can do that.”
The Blues legend also added that the game did not reflect Chelsea’s general playstyle since they have had they’ve had 29 games where they had dominant possession of the ball this season so far.
“Today against Manchester City when they play a false nine and they’ve got bodies in midfield, it’s really tough,” he added.
“So we had to tweak a little bit at half-time, suffer in the first 20 minutes of the second half.”
“I think we deserved the win on chances.”
Although it could have gone wrong at times, the final result and the statistics suggest the plan worked.
Pep Guardiola’s side had just two shots on target (from a total of 11) despite having 65% possession of the ball (FBref).
In comparison, Chelsea attempted 15 shots throughout the match and 10 of those were on target.