Frank Lampard has heaped praise on Christian Pulisic following their 1-0 win over Ajax yesterday. The Englishman was impressed by the American, who hasn’t featured regularly since joining the Blues.
Pulisic had a mixed start to the beginning at Chelsea, being given fewer minutes to play by Lampard. However, against Ajax, the 20-year-old put in an impressive cameo performance, providing the assist to Michy Batshuayi for thr only goal in the game.
“The performance tonight and his last couple of performances off the bench show something of that of course, because he’s come on and made differences,” said Lampard.
“In terms of handling him, I basically tried to shut my ears to too much of the outside talk. With a big player, there’s a lot said and if you listen to it all the time, you can wonder what you’re doing.”
“I understood the quality of Christian. I understood his young age. He’s just turned 21 recently and it’s a big move for him. And I have other options for him in those areas. Let’s give him full credit.”
“He wants to know what I want for him, what the PL is like, what his new team-mates are like, that’s not always going to be an easy road.”
“I’ve just stayed calm with it, I see the big picture with him. I want him to be successful at this club because he’s a good lad, he wants to do very well, that’s very clear.”
“Acting like he’s acting, training like he’s trained the last two or three weeks, playing like he’s played the last two or three weeks obviously makes me very, very happy.”