'Can be tough': 23-year-old Chelsea player says he struggles meeting people's high standards of him

Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic has confessed he finds it difficult meeting people’s high standards of him, especially when he’s playing for his country.

Pulisic, who’s the captain and poster boy for the United States national side, carries a lot of pressure on his shoulders whenever he represents his country.

He’s got 18 goals in 45 senior international caps for the USA, which is quite the tally at the age of only 23.

In addition, the quick attacker cost Chelsea a sizeable £58million transfer fee in 2019, something that again brings more expectation.

Pulisic’s admitted in an honest interview that being under the spotlight with so much pressure can get the better of him at times on the pitch.

“It has been a lot [to live up to]. Especially in the U.S. I think I do have pretty high standards that people set for me and it can be tough at times,” Pulisic said.

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New Chelsea attack taking shape

For Pulisic, he’s got to be careful he’s not left behind at Stamford Bridge because a common pattern is starting to emerge in the side.

Hakim Ziyech’s really positive displays are earning him an extended run on the right wing, which he thoroughly deserves right now. Elsewhere, the Blues are persisting with their centre-forward Romelu Lukaku to try play himself into form.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has played regularly on the left at times to decent effect, while Kai Havertz, Mason Mount and Timo Werner are three more options to throw into the mix.

It’s concerning to see where Pulisic fits into the side right now.

The American is spectacular when he’s on his A-game, but he’s not been consistent enough to nail down a spot when given several chances.

One interesting claim from United states teammate Weston McKennie recently was that Pulisic is the kind of player that can have one magical spark in a game after a fairly quiet showing. It’s worrying because that’s not going to be enough to cement a spot in Tuchel’s Chelsea XI.

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