Playmaker Christian Pulisic has revealed that manager Frank Lampard has told him to win the game for Chelsea when he brought him on against Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.
The 21-year-old was brought on in the 55th minute at Villa Park, with Chelsea trailing after defender Kortney Hause had given Dean Smith’s men a surprise lead.
The United States captain Pulisic proceeded as follow his boss Lampard’s instruction as he found the net just five minutes after coming on.
French striker Olivier Giroud, who has a fine record against Aston Villa, scoring in each of his last six meetings with them and netting eight goals in that time, then proceeded to score what proved to be the winner for Chelsea.
Pulisic said: ‘I’m really glad I could help the team. Obviously today that was with the goal and a good result.
‘I was just told to go in and win us the game really, nothing special. Just needed to go in and use my talents.
‘I don’t think I actually hit it perfect with my left but got enough to get it on target.
‘Obviously its very difficult when you are playing with no fans and in different circumstances. I thought the team brought a good energy and got a good result.’
Pulisic, who making his first appearance since January 1 after struggling with a tear in his adductor, now fit and is determined to finish the campaign strongly following impressive performance against Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.
He continued: ‘I have definitely been out for a while, It felt really nice to be out here after my injury but time to get back into a rhythm.
Asked whether something special is happening at Chelsea, who have agreed to bring in Hakim Ziyech from Ajax and Timo Werner from RB Leipzig, Pulisic said: ‘I think so (something special at Chelsea). We already have a strong team and very good players. We are focused on this season now but very excited for what to come.’
Frank Lampard’s side victory over Aston Villa boosted their chances of securing Uefa Champions League qualification.
Chelsea are currently in fourth place in the Premier League and are five points ahead of fifth placed Manchester United, who ended their match against Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 draw on Thursday evening.
The Blues, then switch their attention to mouthwatering encounter with Manchester city on Thursday night at Stamford Bridge stadium.
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