Christian Pulisic has said he sees no reason why Chelsea cannot compete for both the Premier League and the Champions League after they spent over £200m on new signings.
And while Chelsea have had a mixed start to the current season, Pulisic is confident the club now have ‘an edge’ and a feeling of confidence that was missing in the team last campaign.
‘We’ve brought in more experienced players this year with some new signings, and I think we also have a great group of young guys so I think it’s a really good mix,’ Pulisic told CBS Sports.
‘Last year was more of a transition year where obviously we couldn’t sign any new players, but we still had some of the guys who’d been there.
‘What was great about last year is a lot of the young guys got a lot of experience. ‘This year there’s definitely a boosted confidence, we’ve got an edge. We’re ready, we want to compete, and we want to win titles.’
Asked whether winning titles is a ‘realistic’ target for the London side this campaign, he replied: ‘Chelsea is a club with a lot of history that always wants to compete and win titles.
‘Our goal is to finish at the highest standing in the Premier League and win every trophy available, Champions League included. ‘We’ve got a great group of guys, we’re going to compete, and we’re hungry to win titles.’
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Pulisic continued: ‘Absolutely. Why not? That’s right where we want to be. ‘I think that’s realistic, and we’re gonna compete hard to get those trophies.’
The American winger was sidelined for two months with a hamstring injury which meant he missed the start of the club’s Premier League season.
But, he returned in Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Crystal Palace – replacing Callum Hudson-Odoi in the 83rd minute – and the player is feeling ‘healthy and back to full strength’ once again.
‘It felt great. I had another tough injury, and it was really hard work to get back out there,’ he said. ‘I’m really excited I got some minutes on Saturday before the break.
‘Now I just wish we had a game sooner, to be honest. But at least I’ll get a little rest. I was just really happy to make my season debut. It felt like a new beginning almost.
‘A new number (10), a new season. Obviously there are a lot of new players, too. Just a really great feeling overall.’
Asked whether his hamstring is feeling good, Pulisic responded: ‘Yeah, very good. ‘I feel healthy and back to full strength.’