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Christian Pulisic came to Chelsea with a high reputation and a huge price tag of £57m, but the highly rated American has failed to hit the ground running in the Premier League.
Pulisic has lost his place in Frank Lampard’s squad and the Chelsea boss has told the 21-year-old to up his game and work harder in training.
Pulisic has now revealed that there is too much pressure on him mostly because he’s American.
“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,’” he told the Players’ Tribune.
“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.”