Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel was pleased with his team’s 3-0 win over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, reserving full praise for Christian Pulisic as he provided an impact from off the bench.
The goal was Pulisic’s first since scoring at the start of the Premier League season in August.
The 23-year-old winger entered the game in the 62nd minute and went on to score the team’s third goal. His performance on the day also saw him come close to scoring another goal, had another disallowed, and assist on another that was later ruled offside.
It has been a rough period for the Pulisic the past couple of months as he went down with an ankle injury while on international duty for the United States. However, Tuchel was very happy to see the young man back on the field and providing a spark that helped Chelsea finally put the game to bed against Leicester.
“It is one of his key qualities to arrive exactly like this, very in the box but not only in the box but also in the six-yard box. That is a top quality from him and we need this,” Tuchel said in his post-game comments. “He gives us something from repetitive sprints, intensity on and off the ball, but he is at the end of the attacks, he is hungry to score and to arrive in the box.
“This is where we need players to be dangerous and to score. Very happy that after a long time where he suffered from Coronavirus and injury that he is back and decisive straight away.”
Pulisic will now look to get extended time on the field when Chelsea hosts Juventus at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.