Pulisic Watch: USMNT wing provides danger, no finish for sleepy Chelsea
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USMNT winger Christian Pulisic was one of few Chelsea players to show some jump soccin a 0-0 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, but the final chances were at a premium for the American and his teammates.
Pulisic was one of the few attacking players to look a threat to score or assist, but he didn’t find the back of the goal and will regret that to be sure.
Here are his best moments on Tuesday.
Pulisic Watch v Brighton and Hove Albion.
17th minute: Pulisic is slipped into the box and badly misses with his left foot, claiming that a Brighton player stepped on his foot. Replays are inconclusive at best.
38th minute: The American continues to show his rare ball skills, completing his fifth dribble In five tries.
HT: 35 touches, 16-of-19 passing, 5-of-5 dribbles, 7-of-8 ground duels, one foul drawn, one tackle, one shot off target.
50th minute: Hakim Ziyech skips past a defender and pushes the ball toward an onrushing Pulisic in the heart of the 18, but Brighton’s Ben White gets to the ball first.
59th minute: Now Mount tries to get the ball to Pulisic before White again steps in to thwart the American.
62nd minute: Pulisic pulls up and the trainers are out... but it’s just a cramp. A little massage and some sports drink are all it takes to bring the American back onto the pitch.
83rd minute: A quiet second half for almost all of Chelsea’s attackers sees Pulisic make some noise at the other end when he races back to put off a marauding Dan Burn.
88th minute: Sanchez corrals a Pulisic rip from in-tight moments after the American’s dribbled from the left is stopped by the Seagulls.
FT: Pulisic winds up taking three of Chelsea’s seven shot attempts, with one saved, one blocked, and one wide of the frame. Completing 5-of-7 dribbles and 32-of-39 passes while winning 9-of-14 duels, Pulisic drew a foul and made two tackles. On to the next.