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USA head coach Gregg Berhalter has admitted that he has been delighted with Christian Pulisic’s development since the attacker moved to England.
Pulisic left the United States to Germany as a young teenager as he joined the academy setup of Borussia Dortmund, before eventually finding his way into the Dortmund first team.
Pulisic joined Chelsea last season, and Berhalter has admitted that the young attacker has improved his game since moving to the more fast-paced English Premier League.
“When Christian was moving from Dortmund to Chelsea we knew there was going to be an adaptation period,” Berhalter who took charge of the USMNT in 2018 said, while speaking exclusively to the Chelsea Mike’d Up podcast.
“The Premier League is an extremely fast and physical league, and we knew time would be needed for him to get up to speed. What I really like about how his season unfolded, particularly in the beginning, is that he had to endure adversity to overcome struggle.
“He had to get used to the English game. It took time, and as he did that he came out performing really well, helping the team and scoring goals and being influential. All these things we projected him being able to do took an understandable time period.
“When you go into the injury period he had, it’s unfortunate because he was in such good form. The next part of it was him dealing with a serious injury. He was in a lot of pain. It was a difficult injury to come back from quickly although I know the fans wanted him back.”
Berhalter particularly revealed that Pulisic has improved in his finishing.
“The thing he’s really improved on that I’ve seen this year is his finishing ability,” stated the 46-year-old.
“He’s done a great job of that, and it’s something the high-level players, when you look at the top players in the world, they’re able to score a big number of goals because they have that finishing quality.”