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Pulisic watch: How did USMNT star perform?

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Chelsea’s US midfielder Christian Pulisic (C) vies with Brighton’s English midfielder Steven Alzate (L) and Brighton’s Dutch midfielder Davy Propper during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Chelsea at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on January 12, 2020. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

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Christian Pulisic was back for his first start in the Premier League since December 14, and the USMNT winger put in a very solid shift for Chelsea at Brighton and Hove Albion on New Year’s Day.

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Pulisic played 66 minutes at left wing for Chelsea at the Amex, as he was replaced by Callum Hudson-Odoi.

After missing the win at Arsenal due to a slight hamstring issue, Pulisic looked fit enough down at Brighton and got plenty of shots away during his time on the pitch, even if he seemed a little rushed in the final third.

Here’s a closer look at how the 21-year-old performed for the Blues.


7th minute: Struggling to get involved and sees some link up play with Jorginho cut out.

9th minute: Picks the ball up out wide, runs inside and passes to Willian on the right flank. That leads to a Reece James cross which is blocked for a corner. From that corner Azpilicueta bundles home to give Chelsea the lead.

14th minute: Surging run forward to help start a Chelsea attack.

24th minute: Takes on two Brighton players and whips a dangerous cross into the box but nobody is close to it.

26th minute: Links up well with Mason Mount who has a cross cleared.

28th minute: His pressure helps Chelsea to win the ball back as Abraham races in on goal.

31st minute: Loses the ball on the halfway line after a poor first touch as Brighton snap into the challenge.

34th minute: Starts to pop up in more central areas with some nice little touches.

36th minute: Works back well and blocks Bissouma’s cross for a corner.

40th minute: Wins a throw in after a good tackle on the wing. Lovely close control to cut inside and is then tackled but no foul is given.

45th minute + 2: Cuts inside and links up well with Kante before firing an effort inches wide of the far post. So close to a goal.

53rd minute: Heads an effort tamely wide at the back post.

54th minute: Dribbles at goal and fires a low effort which Ryan saves,.

55th minute: Cuts inside and squeezes in a shot on goal which trickles a few yards wide.

65th minute: Played in brilliantly by Willian and his low shot is pushed away by Ryan, then his cross is half cleared before James has a shot deflected wide. Great direct running from Pulisic, who then shanks a shot at goal which is cleared and that is his last act of the game as he is subbed off.

Frank Lampard gives him a high five as Callum Hudson-Odoi comes on. Pulisic is wrapped up on the bench and doesn’t look best pleased about being the first Chelsea player subbed off, but who would?

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