'I'm feeling very good': 23-year-old Chelsea player says he's flying right now, after criticism earlier this season

Christian Pulisic made reference to his recent Chelsea form following quite regular criticism during the early stages of the season.

As quoted by Goal, Pulisic said he was in an extremely strong mind frame right now after impressing in the past few months, putting aside concerns from the campaign’s initial phases.

Up and down for Pulisic

The American is about to embark on a few important fixtures with his national team, off the back of a very decent return at club level.

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He has started seven of the last ten matches, scoring in three of those.

Twice the 23-year-old netted against Lille as Thomas Tuchel’s men progressed to the Champions League quarter-final, with the other sealing the 4-0 Premier League victory away to Burnley.

This purple patch for goals doubled his entire tally for the term.

Pulisic has also contributed to Chelsea’s attacking play, mainly alongside Kai Havertz and Mason Mount.

All three were praised recently by Tuchel, as they look to be the Blues’ front three of the future.

However, for the USA international and Havertz, this was not the case before January.

Especially for Pulisic, who missed 14 matches after contracting covid and then sustaining an ankle injury.

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Many feared the returning theme of his Chelsea career was coming back to haunt him.

Even after recovering, the attacker felt love from the media hard to come by.

All is right as rain again

Fortunately, the former Borussia Dortmund starlet is approaching something like his best again, a verdict he happily shares.

“Everyone was questioning that I’m not playing and this and that, and I was doing fine then and I’m doing fine now,” said Pulisic.

“That’s the beauty of this sport and this profession, and I’m feeling very good and I feel in a good rhythm at the moment. I’m really happy to now be back with the national team to really try to help the team.”

The USA have three massive World Cup qualifiers on the horizon, starting with tomorrow’s mighty match-up versus Mexico.

Then Panama awaits next Monday, before a trip to Costa Rica on Thursday.

Replicate his Chelsea levels, and Pulisic should be able to push the Stars and Stripes to glory.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.