Christian Pulisic had plenty of celebrate about on Sunday.
Coming off the bench late in the match, Christian Pulisic scored his first goal for Chelsea in more than a month, powering the English Premier League team to a 1-0 home victory over West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The U.S. men’s national team standout sprinted into the box and smashed Marcos Alonso’s left-wng cross into the net with his left foot in the 90th minute past goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski against 10-man WHU.
Pulisic, who has started only once in Chelsea’s last seven games, replaced Timo Werner and tallied his fifth league goal and first since he found the net against Burnley on March 5. He had played only 71 minutes in the EPL since.
The visitors played the final four minutes of regulation and stoppage time a man down after Craig Dawson was slapped with a red card for tripping Romelu Lukaku in the penalty area. Jorginho, however, had his PK saved by Fabianki.
Then it came time for Pulisic to save Chelsea with his 11th-hour heroics.
NBC Sports Talk asked Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel if it was wise to give Pulisic a break given what he did against West Ham.
“If you ask him he would say it was not a good idea,” Tuchel said with a laugh.
“It is like this, especially with the strikers. He has a period when he was on the run, when he had the confidence and he was heavily involved up front and Timo had to wait for many, many weeks. Now things turned around a little bit from the Southampton game.
“Puli struggled a little but since he came back from international break. Where I think he had three matches and incredible amount of journeys and time zones to cope with. From there he struggled a bit energy wise, that was my impression on and off the pitch. Sometimes it is like this.
“We tried to bring him back to full confidence from the bench and I’m happy with the effort today and I’m very happy that he had the chance to have this huge impact together with Romelu and Hakim [Ziyech]. This is super important.”
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