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US boss Brian McBride has hailed Chelsea manager Frank Lampard for the manner he has handled US star Christian Pulisic.
Pulisic didn’t start out his Chelsea career too well, despite having sealed a £58m move from Borussia Dortmund.
However, the American picked up form and was the hero for Chelsea in games against Newcastle and Ajax.
The highlight of Pulisic’s season was his ‘perfect’ hat-trick at Burnley in October, as the Blues left with a 4-2 win at Turf Moor. Pulisic was in good form before the injury that had kept him out of action since New Year’s Day fixture against Brighton.
McBride has now hailed Lampard for being patience with the 21-year-old Pulisic.
“I think that’s the good thing about having a manager who has played the game at such a high level, because Frank was very patient with Christian at the beginning,” explained McBride when speaking to Mike’d Up, Chelsea’s official US podcast.
“Christian’s moved over to a new country, joined a new team and had to establish himself in a new league. There could have been the pressure there on him to deliver straightaway but Frank understood that he needed to have time to adapt.
“So, from a US national team perspective, that was really nice to see. We don’t know what was happening behind-the-scenes at the club and how hands on that would have been, but it allowed time for Christian to settle in, adapt and integrate into the team. He was then able to understand how both Chelsea and Frank wanted him to play.
“Then when the time was right, Frank really let Christian loose and you could see before the injury he was really sharp, he was quick on his heels and he was hurting opposition defenders.”