Rhapsody in Blue: Christian Pulisic at Chelsea

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  1. golazo68

    golazo68 Member

    Dortmund
    United States
    May 21, 2004
    Brazil
    Twice in his career- Christian has made a really bad decision to continue
    on the field after he knew he was hurt.

    First time, against Arsenal in the Cup final when he did materially more damage to his hamstring trying to run and kick the ball after it was clear he pulled it.

    This time, while laudable for USMNT fans with the Honduras game (that he would try to play through the injury for many minutes), he apparently made it much worse.

    He needs to learn to stop and get off field as soon as these things happen.

    Gutted that he apparently will miss this next set of games as well. It's a layup for scoring and he had such a good set up to re-enter the starting lineup. Werner, Havetz etc are certain to take advantage against these weakling opponents coming up.
     
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  2. ebbro

    ebbro Member+

    Jun 10, 2005
    RE: the FA Cup Final... Did you want him to stop on a dime? He took a couple more steps and kicked the ball. I'll give you he probably shouldn't have pushed the ankle after coming off.
     
  3. golazo68

    golazo68 Member

    Dortmund
    United States
    May 21, 2004
    Brazil
    More like 5 or 6 steps over 10 yards, but I'm sure we'd both agree that we hope it never happens again. He really needs to put in a year with little or no injuries to change the narrative on him.
     
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  4. ebbro

    ebbro Member+

    Jun 10, 2005
    I can agree we don't want that happening again. 10 yards while running is five to six steps for a four year old though.
     
  5. eliwood

    eliwood Member+

    Jul 25, 2016
    That FA Cup injury was especially disappointing because he was dominating that match. It was one of his best pro performances for sure
     
  6. ChrisSSBB

    ChrisSSBB Member+

    Jun 22, 2005
    DE
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  7. golazo68

    golazo68 Member

    Dortmund
    United States
    May 21, 2004
    Brazil
    You must not have reviewed the tape.

    In a soccer context, 10 yards can be a lot or a little. (number of steps), depending on the situation.

    After full sprinting, Christian had to slow down in order to get control on his shot.
    He also had to shift to his favored right foot. So regardless of the hammy,
    he was going to change to shorter and choppier steps to either position
    to shoot or round the keeper.

    There are several tapes out there that show the moment that (Christian must
    have known) his hammy was gone. You see a big wince that becomes more labored with every step.

    But he continued to move forward at limited pace and to round the ball in order to be able to shoot on his right..at the same time he was being slowed both by the hammy.

    I've seen more experienced players stop running immediately as
    soon as they feel that first tug. 'Cause they know it's game over for their hammy and running further will only create more damage- perhaps significant.

    Christian didn't try to stop....partly 'cause he's a tough kid, but also partly because it was a big game and he wanted to finish off the move.

    I just hope now he is more cognizant of the consequences in those situation. He's a super duper expensive Ferrari that needs to be super careful with his body- despite my admiration for his desire to help his team.
     
  8. smokarz

    smokarz Member+

    Aug 9, 2006
    Hartford, CT
  9. usnroach

    usnroach Member+

    Jul 5, 2009
    SoCal
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    That first team could be more realistic to achieve, although I don't see that team making european places and that is what CP needs/deserves.

    That second team...lol not happening.
     
  10. Noriega7

    Noriega7 Member

    Newcastle United
    Dec 27, 2017
    It's amazing Pulisic is still not training with the squad and is listed as doubtful for Saturday...He's not only injury prone which is bad enough but a slow healer...That's way too much for a team to deal with.
     
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  11. smokarz

    smokarz Member+

    Aug 9, 2006
    Hartford, CT
    And now Newcastle is linked with Timo.

    Seems like Lampard is a lock to take over Newcastle, and he's looking to bring over some of his Chelsea favorites.
     
  12. Bruce S

    Bruce S Member+

    Sep 10, 1999
    how do you know that? Maybe its too much for you to deal with
     
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  13. bct81

    bct81 Member+

    Mar 17, 2007
    Mass (formerly northern Virginia/Colorado)
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    what was the phrase from Kung Fu?

    “patience grasshopper”.
     
  14. TimB4Last

    TimB4Last Member+

    May 5, 2006
    Dystopia
    "A man can be broken ... By a strength outside, greater than himself. Or a weakness inside, which he cannot understand."
     
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  15. eric_appleby

    eric_appleby Member+

    Jun 11, 1999
    Down East
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    "Football players play football", Bill Parcells
     
  16. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    Looks like Prince Bonesaw is ready to start spending big in Newcastle.

    He could buy a team to compete with Cite with the change he carries in his wallet.
     
  17. madvillain

    madvillain Member+

    Aug 28, 2011
    Club:
    Brooklyn Knights
    a perfect fit for a guy that will probably need an amputation.
     
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  18. beamish

    beamish Member+

    Jul 6, 2009
    Covid makes you play worse, I'm sorry to say.

    I wouldn't be shocked if it got in the way of recovery from injury
     
  19. appoo

    appoo Member+

    Jul 30, 2001
    USA
    I’d imagine being asymptotic matters.

    COVID does help you understand Kai Haverts struggles though
     
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  20. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    If the virus fails to adapt to us and they get sick 5+ more times with it, they'll be playing like I play now.
     
  21. MarioKempes

    MarioKempes Member+

    Real Madrid, DC United, anywhere Pulisic plays
    Aug 3, 2000
    Raleigh, NC
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I loved that show. I have all 3 seasons on DVD. You know Bruce Lee wanted that part, but they gave it to the auto-eroticist David Carradine because of Bruce's bad accent.
     
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  22. kumuyc

    kumuyc Member

    Nov 7, 2016
    Wait, is that study serious? You play less minutes after returning from COVID? Well, duh. It doesn't matter what caused you to miss a game, if you miss a game you lose match fitness. Players without match fitness tends to come off the bench or be candidate to be subbed off. If you want to measure the effect of COVID on players, the control group need to be players who missed games for whatever reasons not players who didn't have COVID like in this amateurish study.
     
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  23. frankburgers

    frankburgers Member+

    May 31, 2016
    Pulisic is out this weekend.

    Like I said, he isnt tough physically. He’s in a very difficult position in his career. Taking 6 weeks to recover from this ankle injury suggests he struggles to play when not 100%

    defend him, “CP does no wrong” crowd.
     
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  24. TimB4Last

    TimB4Last Member+

    May 5, 2006
    Dystopia
    Defend him? I'd much rather belittle him. But if I did that, others here might suspect that I, like you, belong to the "Kick a man when he's down" crowd.
     
  25. hocbz

    hocbz Member

    Feb 15, 2016
    Spit coffee all over my computer. thanks much.
     
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