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Christian Pulisic issues warning to Chelsea's Premier League title rivals

Daily Mirror
Daily Mirror
 2021-07-29
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Christian Pulisic has issued a warning to Chelsea 's Premier League title rivals ahead of the new season.

The Blues winger believes "anything is possible" after their "incredible achievement" of lifting the Champions League in May.

In February, Pulisic was reunited with former Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel, who guided Chelsea to a top-four finish, an FA Cup final and Champions League triumph.

The Stamford Bridge side had some serious momentum coming off the back of 2020-21, but no summer signings have left some to question their chance of seriously challenging fo the Premier League title.

Although they beat Manchester City three times under Tuchel in the second half of last term, Pep Guardiola's men remain favourites.

Having been signed by Maurizio Sarri for £58million in 2019, Pulisic struggled for game time under Frank Lampard due to injury, though became a key component for Tuchel.

The 22-year-old scored in Chelsea's semi-final first-leg away draw at Real Madrid and assisted in their second-leg triumph in West London to see them through to the final.

Pulisic came on as a substitute in Porto and the Blues beat the Citizens in Europe's biggest match, a feat which the youngster is yet to fully take in.

"I don’t know if it’s totally sunk in yet, it was such an incredible achievement," Pulisic told Standard Sport.

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"It’s starting to hit us – it gives us a lot of confidence."

Despite changing managers midway through the campaign, Chelsea's dominance on the continent is a reason to believe for Pulisic, who isn't playing down their chance of winning the domestic title.

"To be the champions of Europe, it wasn’t an easy journey," he admitted.

"We’ve seen now that we can compete with those top teams, so there’s no reason why we shouldn’t feel that way."

On reigning champions City, he said: "They were one of the best teams last season and to beat them a few times gives us confidence.

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"We have such a strong squad, so I would say anything’s possible."

The Blues' strength in depth means the wide man isn't always guaranteed to appear on a matchday, though Pulisic sees that as a positive.

"That’s a great thing about our team, that we have so much depth and so many strong players.

"We have so many games that you’re going to get your time, so it’s just about making the most of your chances."

Injuries have hampered the United States international's time at the Bridge, missing 14 matches in each of his two seasons, a hindrance he's keen to irradicate from his game.

"Staying healthy is definitely a big target of mine," he added.

"And trying to be available as much as I can to continue to help my team and make a big impact."

Chelsea's season begins on Wednesday, August 11, facing Europa League winners Villarreal in the UEFA Super Cup final.

That's before the Blues welcome Patrick Vieira's Crystal Palace for their first top-flight outing three days later.

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