'Upset': Manchester City player says 23-year-old Chelsea star was unhappy before international game
Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen says Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic was unhappy before his international performance yesterday.
Steffen, who’s a teammate of Pulisic in the US national side, played in Monday’s World Cup qualifier.
The United States thrashed Panama 5-1 at home to put them on the brink of qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar.
Pulisic, 23, was the hero for his country with a hat-trick.
The Chelsea attacker converted twice from the penalty spot, as well as rounding up his hat-trick in style with a tidy finish after a sublime turn in the box.
26-year-old US goalkeeper Steffen admits Pulisic was a tad frustrated going into the Panama match. This was as a result of a 0-0 draw just days earlier with Mexico, which received mixed reviews in the national media.
However, the Chelsea forward pulled his sleeves up and delivered a top performance yesterday.
“I think he was a little upset, personally, after the Mexico game. And I think he was really focused for this game and in the days leading up to this game. You could just tell that he was in his zone coming into this game. Obviously he gets the hat-trick, and that’s exactly what we need from him. We need our big players to step up in big moments,” City keeper Steffen told Fox Soccer.
Needs same fight at Chelsea
If Pulisic wants to become one of the first names in Thomas Tuchel’s XI, he needs the same kind of fight in a Chelsea shirt.
First of all, he’s an extremely talented individual that works hard for the Blues and is capable of the spectacular.
However, he should be determined to become a nailed-on starter in the Chelsea line-up.
He so often rises to the occasion when representing his country, scoring 21 goals in 47 US caps at such a young age.
There is definitely more goals and assists within him that he can show at Stamford Bridge, so it’ll be great to see how he performs during the business end of the season.