‘Never doubted him’: Chelsea boss addresses rival’s Pulisic claims

Lane Dias October 29, 2020
‘Never doubted him’: Chelsea boss addresses rival’s Pulisic claims
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Frank Lampard has told Chelsea’s official website he “never doubted” attacking midfielder Christian Pulisic, refuting claims by RB Salzburg manager Jesse Marsch he didn’t rate the winger because he “was American”.

According to the Daily Mail, American coach Marsch allegedly told Extratime Radio Lampard had made his comments in a conversation between the coaches after a pre-season friendly last year.

‘Have to put it correct’

However, Lampard revealed his side of events on Chelsea’s website.

He said: “I did read the comments and I was surprised Jesse had managed to read my mind as well as he thought he did. He’s recounted the conversation wrong so I have to put it correct.

“It was a game against Salzburg in pre-season where Christian scored two goals. I spoke to Jesse after about what a talented player (Pulisic) was and how exciting it was to see how he could develop for us with the talent he has.

“That was the conversation and Jesse managed to put it across slightly differently.”

Pulisic ability ‘never in doubt’

Lampard played for MLS side New York City in the latter stages of his career and was adamant he would never look down on American players.

He said: “I played in America for 18 months and I would never underestimate the desire American players have to learn and improve and take on information and understand the technical side of the game.

“When you have that, which Christian has, along with incredible talent, it was never in doubt for me.”

Stand-out campaign

Pulisic had a stand-out debut campaign for Chelsea last season. He scored 11 goals and provided ten assists in all competitions.

It was the best goal and assist return in his career. He also opened his account this season in last night’s Champions League thrashing of Krasnodar.

And Lampard backed Pulisic to improve further.

“What Christian did was find his feet very quickly and have a breakthrough season where he produced more goals and assists than he has done before.

“I thought his performance last season was massively impressive and he will keep getting better.

“As a manager, I never doubted him and it’s important for me to put that straight.”

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