Christian Pulisic scouting report: New Chelsea signing shows flashes of quality in Spurs defeat

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The United States international was handed a rare start for Dortmund on Wednesday evening

Chelsea fans got a glimpse of new signing Christian Pulisic in action on Wednesday evening as he started for Borussia Dortmund against Spurs at Wembley.

The United States international has long been linked with a move to the Premier League and he finally got his wish as he joined the Blues for £57.6m at the start of January.

However, part of the agreement saw him head back to Germany on loan for the remainder of the season.

Pulisic has spent the majority of the season on the sidelines but he was given a rare opportunity in the starting XI with the likes of Paco Alcacer and Marco Reus injured.

Here’s how he got on at Wembley in the Champions League against the Lilywhites.

 

First half

Dortmund’s front three of Pulisic, Mario Gotze and Jadon Sancho caused Spurs a number of problems in the first half with their movement.

The American’s first involvement in the game came after four minutes as he put Juan Foyth under some intense pressure on his own 18-yard line.

However, despite the Spurs man also having to deal with Gotze, he sent both the wrong way as he took a big chance with a sharp turn in a dangerous area.

Pulisic was then in the thick of the action not so long after as Serge Aurier was shown a yellow card for a foul on the player.

Christian Pulisic and Mario Gotze are tackling by Juan Foyth

Dortmund had broke from a corner and the ex-PSG man brought the American down as he used his pace and trickery to get beyond the right-back.

Having initially nearly forced Foyth into a mistake in his own box, Pulisic then nicked the ball off the Argentine in a similar area and went through on goal.

A pass across the area for Sancho was an option, yet the attacking midfielder elected to go for goal and forced Hugo Lloris into a good save at his near post.

Although he wasn’t causing a huge number of problems for Spurs as Sancho was doing on the right flank, Pulisic always looked to get involved with his teammates.

 

He linked up well with both Sancho and Gotze at the midway point of the first half and his low ball across the face of goal was cleared away from danger.

Pulisic, who pressed well to ensure the Spurs defence had very little time on the ball, caused Aurier plenty of problems throughout the opening 45 minutes with his movement.

However, he then switched off for a second when tracking Foyth as the Argentine played a neat one-two with the right-back and was then left on his own to burst down the right flank.

Second half

Whereas Pulisic was involved in the action frequently in the first half, it was very different after the break.

Spurs were now dominating the game and he barely got a touch of the ball in the opening 15 minutes of the second half.

Christian Pulisic gets past Juan Foyth at Wembley (Image: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

He battled well with Foyth but he just couldn’t get the better of him as Dortmund looked for a way back into the game.

Pulisic then burst into action midway through the half as he received a throw-in down the left and used his quick footwork to breeze past Davinson Sanchez.

The American then made his way into the box but he took a second too long to get his shot away and he was closed down by the home defence.

That was about as good as it got for the new Chelsea signing in the second half as not long after he got the ball stuck between his feet as his side looked to hit the Lilywhites on the counter

 

His night was over in the 88th minute as Lucien Favre decided to replace him with Jacob Bruun Larsen for the last few minutes.

Verdict

It was a real game of two halves for Pulisic at Wembley against Spurs.

He was extremely bright in the first half as he troubled the hosts with his movement and trickery, but he was on the periphery of the game after the break as Spurs dominated to take a crucial 3-0 lead to Germany for the second leg.

Pulisic looks ideal for Maurizio Sarri’s side as he impressed in a front three and Chelsea fans will have been happy with what they saw from him, especially in the first half.

Although he could well find himself back on the bench for the second leg if Alcacer and Reus return, he certainly did himself no harm at all with a decent performance at Wembley.

Certainly not the best game he has ever played for the German side, he looks like he will be a very good acquisition for the Blues next season.

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