Chelsea star Christian Pulisic has responded to claims he is starting to emulate Eden Hazard at Stamford Bridge.
Christian Pulisic believes he still has work to do to reach the levels of former Chelsea star Eden Hazard.
The 22-year-old arrived in England the same summer that Hazard left the Blues to join Real Madrid. His ability to run with the ball has been compared to that of the Belgian.
However, Pulisic insists that he has little interest in comparisons between the two. However, he revealed his respect for what Hazard achieved while at Stamford Bridge ahead of the first leg of Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final tie with Real Madrid. Coincidentally, the two wingers could face off after both overcoming injury concerns.
“He was an incredible player at this football club of course,” Pulisic said to the club’s website.
“I definitely looked up to him. I am not comparing myself to him in any way or trying to be like him.”
“I am my own player, doing my best for this club. Obviously, he was a massive player for this club and obviously it is an honour to hear comparisons like that, but I still have a way to go.”
“He was an incredible player who did a lot for this football club. We are moving on without him. I never played with him so I only know how it is without him.”
“I think we are in a good place now. I mean we are in a semi-final of the Champions League, we have got a lot left to play for this season, so I think this team definitely has a good situation at the moment, so that’s a positive.”
Injuries disrupted Pulisic at the start of this season, and have prevented him from finding his best form on a consistent basis in west London.
However, the USMNT star believes he is ready to fire on all cylinders with his fitness now in a good place.
“Yes, I feel very confident in my body and fitness level at the moment,” Pulisic added.
“I have played a string of games. I had some time out in the past year and a bit.”
“It is really just about taking care of my body and putting myself in the best position to be available for every game. I feel good about that right now.”