Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic has had his say on recent comparisons between him and former Blues star Eden Hazard, saying: “I’m just trying to be my own player.”
Hazard is regarded as one of the finest players ever in the club’s history, helping them to win six major titles, including two Premier League trophies, during his stay at Chelsea.
The Belgium international was sold to Spanish giants Real Madrid just last summer, with Pulisic signed from Borussia Dortmund to help fill the void left by Hazard.
However, Pulisic has experienced an injury-hit start to life at Stamford Bridge, but has been in outstanding form since the Premier League football’s resumption and even won a penalty during Saturday 3-0 victory over Watford, with his tricky earning comparisons to his predecessor.
“Obviously, [Hazard] was an incredible player for Chelsea,” Pulisic told Sky Sports. “And he’s a world class player so I’m not trying to compare myself to him just yet.
“I’m just trying to be my own player and hopefully the fans like that guy!”
The league win over Watford ensured Frank Lampard’s side retutn to the Premier League top four after they had been leapfrogged by Manchester United earlier the same day.
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The three points could be very important in the tight race for Europe, after the blues’ shock defeat to West Ham.
“We needed that one today,” Pulisic added. “We came out with a lot of energy and we needed a huge result, especially after dropping points in the last game. There was a bit of extra energy because of that loss and we wanted to prove a point.
“[The top four race] going to be close and come down to the end. We are excited and confident we can do it.”