Christian Pulisic says he is back to full fitness and ready to play a full 90 minutes having recovered from the hamstring injury which ruled him out of the opening weeks of the new campaign.
The America winger enjoyed a superb first season in the Premier League and emerged as a key player of Frank Lampard’s team before he was forced off during the Cup final against Arsenal.
Pulisic made his comeback as a late substitute during a 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace this month and got further minutes against Southampton last week, while he was taken off during thevChampions League draw against Sevilla.
Chelsea will play Manchester United this weekend having won just two of their opening five matches and Pulisic believes he is now ready to offer his manager a huge boost.
‘Fitness-wise I feel great, I’m getting back to where I was, I feel strong, I feel like I can play 90 minutes,’ he said. ‘So yeah, I’m happy.‘
After some defensive issues in recent weeks, Pulisic was pleased to see his team record a clean sheet, but says his team must strike a balance if they are to get a win on Saturday.
He added: ‘It was definitely a tough game, it was definitely kind of one of those where there were not a lot of chances in the game. We did a lot of good defending and we can walk away proud with a point today.
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‘It’s a strong team absolutely, they definitely put us to the test, moved the ball really well we definitely defended a lot today and we are going to continue to work to improve as a team.
‘It’s everyone’s job to be behind the ball at times we have to help out defensively and I think it will give us some confidence today going away from the game with a clean sheet is not all bad. I think it’s not bad for the guys.
‘That’s the goal we’ve got to find the balance. Obviously we’ve got to create more chances and I want to help with that. We’ve got to find a way to do both.’