Pulisic watch: How did USMNT star perform for Chelsea at Norwich?
Saturday was a big day for USMNT star Christian Pulisic in the Premier League, as he played a pivotal role in Frank Lampard securing his first win as Chelsea’s boss with the Blues beating Norwich City 3-2.
Pulisic, 20, grabbed an assist and a hockey assist in the first 17 minutes as the Chelsea winger caused Norwich all kinds of problems as he drifted off the right flank time and time again.
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The Pennsylvania native needed a big display with Willian and Callum Hudson-Odoi both fit and fighting for his spot out wide on the left but with Pedro out injured in the warm up, Pulisic played really well on the right and went 84 minutes.
Here’s a look at how Pulisic performed against Norwich at Carrow Road on Saturday.
1st minute: Pulisic lines up on the right wing after Pedro is injured in the warm up and Ross Barkley replaces him in the lineup.
3rd minute: Launches himself into three tackles in quick succession, winning the final with a perfect sliding lunge.
4th minute: Controls a long pass across the pitch, runs at Norwich’s defense and plays in the overlapping Cesar Azpilicueta. His cross is volleyed home by Tammy Abraham to give Chelsea a 1-0 lead.
6th minute: Norwich attack down Pulisic’s side and get behind Azpilicueta, as Pukki crosses for Cantwell to make it 1-1.
11th minute: Pulisic pops up centrally but Norwich win the ball box just before he bursts into the box.
13th minute: Slides into a tackle and is getting through a lot of defensive works with Buendia drifting inside from Norwich’s left.
14th minute: Links up well with Mateo Kovacic on multiple occasions with clever passing and flicks. He is starting to drift inside a lot more.
17th minute: Pulisic pops up centrally, again, and slots in a perfect pass to Mount who slots home to put Chelsea 2-1 up. Pulisic grabs his first Premier League assist.
23rd minute: After making a surging run down the right, moments later he slips as he tries to wriggle free from a defender in the box.
29th minute: Pulisic gets on the ball and plays in Jorginho in the box. All the Italian midfielder has to do is slot home, but he makes a mess of it.
33rd minute: After Norwich’s Teemu Pukki made it 2-2, the home side have the momentum. Pulisic launches into a fine tackle on Lewis and is dropping deeper and deeper to help his team defend.
36th minute: Azpilicueta whips a cross into the box and Pulisic jumps high but the ball is just flicked away from him.
38th minute: His cross to the back post misses everyone and drifts out of play.
39th minute: Falls down in the box under pressure as he tries to control a looping pass.
44th minute: After a lovely darting run inside, Barkley picks him out and he twists and turns in the box. Eventually gets a shot off which is blocked.
45th minute + 2: Pulisic again wriggles free centrally and sets up Barkley who smashes way over the bar.
47th minute: Races free into the box and slams a shot into the side-netting with Abraham waiting for the pass. Should have done better with the finish. Didn’t look confident at all when taking the shot on.
55th minute: Tammy Abraham flicks the ball around the corner to Pulisic but Lewis wrestles him off the ball. Moments later Pulisic is tackled by Lewis.
61st minute: Cuts inside from the right and plays the ball to Mount who sets up Emerson who fires an effort right at Krul.
66th minute: Wins a foul just outside of his own box as his fantastic battle with Lewis continues.
71st minute: Loses a tackle on the edge of the box as Norwich push for an equalizer after Abraham put Chelsea 3-2 up. Godfrey hits the crossbar from a corner soon after.
75th minute: Tracked back as Buendia controlled a flashed in a dangerous cross. Good defensive work.
79th minute: Again, fine work down the right and a ball cut back to the edge of the box is dummied by Mount and Barkley’s shot is blocked.
80th minute: Pulisic is found by Kovacic in the box and his cross to Giroud is scrambled clear by Norwich.
84th minute: Subbed out and replaced by Willian. Gets a pat on the back from Frank Lampard and a warm ovation from the Chelsea fans.