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Christian Pulisic has struggled to replicate his Borussia Dortmund form at Chelsea and looked worse off while on international duty with the US team as he stormed to the bench and burst into tears after he was substituted during the United States’ 2-0 defeat to Canada.
Pulisic has struggled to break into the starting XI at Chelsea recently and the footage of the American bursting into tears suggest he is feeling frustrated.
He only recently admitted to pressure as he revealed that he’s under undue pressure especially for being the star of the American team.
He told the Players’ Tribune: “It makes you feel really good at the beginning to be honest, you feel great, you see all these things, people talking about you on social media; ‘wow this kid is great, he’s special, he’s playing, he’s scoring goals at 17 or 18 years old for his national team, he’s playing for Dortmund in Europe.
“You feel really great and then it’s more just pressure you feel like all the stuff is kind of hitting you, and you start being expected to do all of these things.
“This generation can be tough, for young players especially, having people talk about you, having constant pressure on your back.
“Especially as Americans, we haven’t had a lot of top international talents throughout our years. If you’re not able to tune it out then it can be a weight on your shoulders.”
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has now vowed to protect the 21-year-old, as he’s still a young player.
“With Christian coming here, we have to protect him for that fact because he’s young,” he said.
Lampard also sees his current phase as part of his development as he went on: “There were times when he was in the team, times when he wasn’t, that’s part of development. I was fortunate when I came through in my day because West Ham didn’t have too many players in front of me, so I got opportunities. The pathway was open.
“With Christian, huge credit to him for coming through at Dortmund at a young age, but then it brings other difficulties where sometimes you’re out of the team.
“You come to Chelsea and it’s a similar situation. The demands are huge. The interest from outside is huge and he’s a young boy. I have no problem. I see the big picture with Christian and I see it with all the young players.”