Rhapsody in Blue: Christian Pulisic at Chelsea

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  1. appoo

    appoo Member+

    Jul 30, 2001
    USA
    Tuchel has no choice. Reality is that it's pretty likely Tuchel, Berhalter and Pulisic all discussed this.
     
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  2. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    IMO Puli is an ideal situation. Supersub, and he contributes when he's not injured. Not a vital guy they're going to rush back on the field, not a useless one they bench for good.

    Beyond that, no one is going to pay Chelsea what they paid for him.
     
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  3. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    Not to mention he's very lucrative from their PR campaign perspective.
     
  4. YankatOxford

    YankatOxford Member+

    Oct 15, 2007
    I heard from a 7th hand source that Tuchel paid for the threeway Zoom call! And Christian kept saying things like "No Grouper, No Go" and "Bro, he's not good enough for my sister!"
     
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  5. Casper

    Casper Member+

    Mar 30, 2001
    New York
    I'd believe that Tuchel paid for a threeway, but not for a Zoom call, which even Chelsea probably do for free.
     
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  6. golazo68

    golazo68 Member+

    Dortmund
    United States
    May 21, 2004
    Brazil
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    I feel confident in saying Tuchel in more comfortable in a lab dissecting mice than anything kinky or risque.
     
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  7. madvillain

    madvillain Member+

    Aug 28, 2011
    Club:
    Brooklyn Knights
    There's nothing ideal about once again missing 6-8 game chunks of the season.
     
  8. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    That has nothing to do with his club situation. He'd be out for weeks anywhere if he's injured.
     
  9. wrench

    wrench Member+

    May 12, 2007
    NYC
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    How many games has CP played with Lukaku? I may have missed a couple, but I don't remember any. I think they would make a pretty good team. CP is quick and Lukaku is smart enough to. be there.
     
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  10. golazo68

    golazo68 Member+

    Dortmund
    United States
    May 21, 2004
    Brazil
    #50360 golazo68, Oct 7, 2021
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2021
    I agree that Pulisic and Lukaku would work well together.

    Pulisic played really well with Giroud, who was also target-type striker like Lukaku, without Lukaku's open field speed. In fact, Chelsea went on quite the run with those 2 playing at end of 2019-2020 season.

    Giroud would stay central and not occupy the wingers space on the flanks. If the defense played only 1 guy on Giroud, he was shifty and clever to stick a foot or head in on balls across and pretty clinical as well. Really good at 1/2 chances.

    Sometimes defenses would play 2 in Giroud's central area and this allowed for 'feeding time' for Pulisic to beat his defender with space between to shoot and send a really accurate cross. Giroud did not crowd the winger space and bring his defender to muck up Pulisic or Willan.

    Werner on the other hand- well, he's great at making runs as a CF but he also would get caught offside or run into Pulisic's space behind the defender, taking away his individual options. He was not near as good at walling off the space centrally with his presence and allowing his wingers to flourish.
    He's totally miscast as a back-to-goal CF role. Ditto for Havetz.

    I'm surprised they didn't keep Giroud and get him enough minutes to keep Lukaku fresh and Giroud also happy. It's not like Giroud is going to lose any speed in his mid-30s. He is all about guile. Anyone else besides Lukaku or Giroud in that point forward position on Chelsea so drastically changes the whole position & attack, and really has not worked all that well since Tuchel joined.

    Already, I see signs of Chelsea not playing with Lukaku the way they need to be successful. Lukaku is like Shaq in the post. Just get him the damn ball at his feet and make the runs into space to the sides of him. He will get you the ball enough times to justify it. If the defenders collapse on Lukaku, then take the ball 1v1 and space on the wings, beat your defender and create chaos for the shifting defense.

    But when Chelsea's other players (Werner, Havetz, Mount, Ziyech) starts making runs into Lukaku's general zone....or they move the ball too slowly......they muck up the game plan. Conti used Lukaku brilliantly last year.
     
  11. markandrew78

    markandrew78 Member

    Jun 10, 2007
    zero.
     
  12. wrench

    wrench Member+

    May 12, 2007
    NYC
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Any time line on CP's return? I miss him.
     
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  13. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    Hopefully before Thanksgiving so he can score a goal for Christmas.
     
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  14. markandrew78

    markandrew78 Member

    Jun 10, 2007
    mat this point, maybe Jan 2022
     
  15. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

    If he's out long enough, even the English Chelsea fans will start missing him.
     
  16. smokarz

    smokarz Member+

    Aug 9, 2006
    Hartford, CT

    Jan 2023, there fixed it for you.
     
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  17. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    Gondor waited 969 years for the return of their King and Christians have been waiting 1985 years for the return of Yeshua ben Yakub.

    We can wait.
     
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  18. Centennial

    Centennial Member+

    Apr 4, 2003
    Centennial
    Seems like he’s out for this sprain longer than his hamstrings. Maybe he can stub his toe and be out for the season.
    Is he made of glass???
     
  19. bct81

    bct81 Member+

    Mar 17, 2007
    Mass (formerly northern Virginia/Colorado)
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    wow - patience folks ... patience.

    Grade 2 sprains take time to properly heal and rehab.

    I just want a win in Panama and one in Cowlumbus .... and then to hear he is back full speed in training ...

    bet he is back on the pitch with his teammates in a week.
     
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  20. Centennial

    Centennial Member+

    Apr 4, 2003
    Centennial
    Patience??? This is BS. No such thing as patience here!

     
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  21. comoesa

    comoesa Member+

    Aug 13, 2010
    Christen Press's armpit
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Injury prone guys are never 'the guy for a big club' folks.

    My expectations for Pulisic's prospects as a world class player are down as of now. It's been multiple seasons where he misses a chunk of time now.
     
  22. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    I suppose all he can do is when he's healthy, he can prove he's quality and can deliver in that limited time.
     
  23. markandrew78

    markandrew78 Member

    Jun 10, 2007
    So he delivers for maybe 2-3 games and then it’s rinse and repeat.
     
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  24. golazo68

    golazo68 Member+

    Dortmund
    United States
    May 21, 2004
    Brazil
    Pulisic is on the Robben track in his career.

    I think he can continue to stick with elite clubs if
    he can produce seasons like 2019-2020 every
    other year- even with continuing injury concerns.

    I've given up in thinking Pulisic will ever (hardly at all)
    from distance. Robben was better in that regard.
     
  25. Noriega7

    Noriega7 Member

    Newcastle United
    Dec 27, 2017
    He's on Robben's track surely based on his injury history but hasn't done as much as performance to warrant big club keeping hold of him despite the injury..Robben did that.

    When he comes back, CP will be under heavy pressure to perform at a high level or he'll be move.
     

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