Christian Pulisic scored five minutes after coming for Chelsea. (FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)
It was far from a perfect hit, according to Christian Pulisic, but his shot certainly was good enough to ignite Chelsea on its way to a 2-1 comeback win over Aston Villa in Birmingham in his first game back for his English Premier League club Sunday.
Only five minutes after coming on as a substitute, the U.S. international midfielder tallied on the hour to give the Blues a 1-1 deadlock.
It was Pulisic’s seventh goal of the season and was his first appearance since a New Year’s Day encounter against Brighton.
“I’ve been out for a while, it felt nice to be back out there,” Pulisic told The Independent. “All of us have been off, now we have to get back to winning things.
“I’m really glad I could come on and help the team in any way I could. Just to go in and help us win the game. Use my talents to see what I could do.”
Pulisic, 21, who replaced Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the 55th minute, fired home the tying goal at the back post.
“I don’t think I hit it perfectly, but I’m happy it went in,” he said.
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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard had some high praise for Pulisic.
“The individuals who make the difference should always take all the credit so with Christian and Ross Barkley, who came on at the same time,” he said. “They’re both players who have trained well and had cases to start this game.
“I had some good selection problems and you have to consider the type of game. We knew that fitness would play a part so the idea of bringing on Christian and Ross early in the second half was always something that was in my mind depending on how the game went.
“The way it was going, we needed a bit of inspiration and Christian gave it with his goal. I thought Ross did really well, too. I keep saying to the players how important subs could be in this period and they showed that.”