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The last time Chelsea played Burnley in October, Christian Pulisic announced his arrival with the perfect hat-trick, which he says “meant a lot” after a slow start to life in England.
The American scored with his left foot, right foot and head when the Blues won 4-2 at the Turf Moor to make their mark for his new club in his first Premier League start since August.
Pulisic will miss Burnley’s return visit this weekend due to a tendon injury, but he has reflected on his revolutionary performance a few months ago.
She said Football Saturday: “Absolutely [scoring was a release]. It was my first goal and the first start in a while. I was really happy when that moment happened, all those emotions hit me and you can clearly see it on my face in the celebration what it meant to me.
“The day could not have gone better, everything seemed to go in the right direction. With the experience of games and good performances, you start to gain more confidence.
“Having the trust of your teammates and coaches can be of great help, so I think that will help and push me forward.”
It was a round trip for Pulisic to Chelsea. He was born in Hershey, Pennsylvania, home of the famous American chocolate brand, and spent time with the Brackley Town youth team before returning to the United States and then moving to Borussia Dortmund in Germany at the age of 18.
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He drew attention while he was with the Bundesliga, and was connected with a number of major European clubs, before signing for Chelsea in January 2019.
“I moved a lot as a child, and I think it helped me a little,” he said. “I have had many life experiences, moving and changing clubs, finding different places.
“Obviously I was very young in Brackley Town, so I don’t have the best memories, but I remember it was a great moment.
“It was a big jump for me to go to Germany. It was my first time away from the family, staying in Europe and not speaking the language. All of these experiences are what I think helped me get here, so I’m really happy.
“London is a wonderful city. Getting from a slightly smaller city like Dortmund to London was great. Seeing the culture, seeing how great football is – the Premier League is amazing and it’s huge here.
“It means everything to me. Being part of this club, this team of being in the Premier League where I’ve always wanted to be – it’s a dream for me.”
Now Pulisic is more used to life in England, all attention is now on the field. The 21-year-old finds himself surrounded by equally young and exciting players and is managed by a Chelsea legend in Frank Lampard.
“It’s fantastic, I’m a young man too,” added Pulisic. “Being able to play with these guys and all learning together, and we also have some more experienced players. It’s a really cool mix and it helps us learn a lot and we also push the old ones!
“Obviously Lampard was a great Chelsea player. I saw him grow, so finding out he would be my coach is pretty cool. It was great. He is very intense, the training sessions are also very intense and I think ours game style: high pressure, difficult to play and that’s what we want to be.
“We want to finish in the first four places. We want to fight for this, to always be successful and to finish as high as possible. This is the goal, we want to win every game, face it game by game and try to get results.”
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