Christian Pulisic had plenty to celebrate. (Special to FrontRowSoccer.com)
Christian Pulisic could not have gotten off to a better start in Chelsea FC’s season opener Saturday.
The U.S. men’s national team standout scored to help the Blues to a solid 3-0 triumph over Crystal Palace in the English Premier League curtain raiser for both sides.
With the hosts leading 1-0 in the 40th minute, the 22-year-old midfielder doubled the lead as he slotted home a rebound from the edge of the goalkeeper’s box for his fifth goal in as many matches against Palace.
Cesar Azpilicueta send in a right-wing cross into the penalty area. Goalkeeper Vicente Guaita couldn’t hold it as Pulisic slotted the ball home.
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Pulisic was subbed out in the 82nd minute.
With Hakim Ziyech (shoulder injury) and Romelu Lukaku (signed on Thursday) unavailable for the opener, Pulisic made the most of his start as he could very well battle for minutes with Chelseas-s star-studded lineup.
“It’s never perfect and we can always find something to improve on but I’m very happy with what we did today,’ Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said.
“We pushed some players over the limit physically, especially after playing 120 minutes in midweek, but it was a very good game from us from start to finish.
“We were deserved winners and I congratulate the team for the way they pushed themselves. We worked hard and it was a good win to start the season.”