Pulisic Watch: USMNT star frustrated, Chelsea struggle v. Man City
Christian Pulisic, and Chelsea, had a tough outing against Manchester City as they were beat 3-1 and the USMNT star couldn’t get on the ball in dangerous areas often enough.
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Pulisic, 22, played the full 90 minutes but Joao Cancelo definitely got the better of him in their battle down the flank but he was Chelsea’s brightest spark in attack.
Here’s a look at how Christian Pulisic fared for Chelsea against Manchester City.
Minute-by-minute analysis of Christian Pulisic for Chelsea v. Manchester City
1st minute: Started out on the left wing. Struggled to see the ball early on.
7th minute: Surged forward in support of Werner on the break. The German passed the ball to him but it was cleared.
8th minute: Did a lot of defensive work.
10th minute: A crossed whipped in from the right almost found Pulisic but he couldn’t jump high enough to head home.
11th minute: Cut inside from the left and played the ball inside. Hasn’t been able to get behind the City defense. Yet.
23rd minute: After a long spell working back defensively as Man City scored twice, he got on the ball on the left and surged forward but is eventually tackled.
28th minute: Found by Werner and plays a simple pass to Mount. Moments later Werner played him in after a one-two and he cuts inside, but his cutback is eventually cleared.
39th minute: Great turn and burst of pace to get free of Rodri, but then played a loose pass to Chilwell and it went straight out of play.
43rd minute: Tried to take on Cancelo but is tackled by the Portuguese defender. Worked back to force Cancelo into a mistake. Moments later he burst past Cancelo, but Chelsea can’t find him with the through ball.
44th minute: Failed to control a long ball out to him on the left as it went out of play.
45th minute: Booked right on half time as he lunged in on Cancelo when going after a loose ball.
50th minute: Had some nice skill to get free, but Rodri wins it back. Looked increasingly frustrated.
55th minute: Cut in from the left and played the ball wide to Apzilicueta, but nothing comes of the attack.
57th minute: Drifted inside and some lovely quick feet to set up Chilwell to cross, but nobody is in the middle to finish.
58th minute: Was on the ball in the left back position as he dropped back deeper to try and get involved.
66th minute: Wanted a free kick for a foul on him, but nothing is given. He’s not happy. Understatement alert.
69th minute: Ran into the box but the pass couldn’t find him.
71st minute: Fine skill on the edge of the box but Kovacic gave the ball away. Pulisic threw his arm in the air in disgust. Switched to the right flank for a few minutes.
75th minute: Made a run into the box but lost the header.
79th minute: Won a corner kick after a short run.
81st minute: Headed wide as he jumped high at the back post.
88th minute: Made a great run in the box but Werner didn’t find him.
90th minute: Hacked down by Bernardo Silva as he led a counter attack and then slipped as he tried to play a through ball in.
91st minute: Played a lovely pass to Havertz who assisted on Hudson-Odoi’s consolation.