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Christian Pulisic suggests he’s got one eye on Hazard’s Chelsea role

By Chris Smith

Published: 19:00, 20 March 2019

Incoming Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic has admitted he believes the left-sided role is his best position.

The USA international completed a £58m-move to Stamford Bridge in January before being immediately loaned back to Borussia Dortmund until the end of the season, where he has been deployed more on the right.

Could Pulisic take Hazard’s left-wing spot? Five key things to know…

  1. Pulisic sealed a £58m-move to Chelsea in January, remaining on loan with Dortmund until the summer.
  2. The winger has mainly been restricted to right-sided and substitute roles this season.
  3. USA manager Gregg Berhalter has fielded Pulisic in his more natural, left-wing position.
  4. And Pulisic himself feels he is at his best when played on the left.
  5. Eden Hazard has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, meaning Pulisic could replace him on Chelsea’s left wing.

Belgian star Eden Hazard currently occupies the left-wing role for the Blues but many are speculating that he will move to Real Madrid in the summer, with Pulisic possibly arriving as his replacement.

The 20-year-old is currently on international duty with Gregg Berhalter’s side and although he insists he’s happy to play anywhere, Pulisic admitted he prefers the left-sided role he enjoys with USMNT.

“I think it’s a really good position for me,” he said.

“Obviously I don’t mind where I play on the field, I just like to be in a good attacking areas where I can create and help the team score goals because that’s where I feel I’m at my best.”

This is only Berhalter’s second squad since becoming manager of USA, with Pulisic praising the former Columbus Crew boss’ attention to detail.

He added: “I like the style that [Berhalter] has and I like that position a lot.

“[Berhalter’s] very focused on all the details of the game.

“I’ve been amazed the first few days with just how much information he’s got across, and how he wants every guy to be on the same page and have a perfect understanding of how we want to go into the game.”

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Pulisic: I’m at the top of my game

Pulisic has managed just five goals and three assists for Dortmund so far this season and although it would be easy to level the blame for that loss of form on his impending move, the winger insists the club and his teammates are happy for him.

The American also feels he is ‘at the top of his game’, despite making as many substitute appearances as he has started matches this season – 11.

“I feel very confident right now, I’m feeling very good,” he added.

“I feel I’m at the top of my game.

“My teammates are all professionals, They understand how this business works. I wanted to move and they’re all very happy for me and the club is as well.

“But they also understand that I’m there to give 120% the rest of the season because I want to win just as bad as all the guys in the locker room. It’s not weird at all.”