Christian Pulisic comes off bench in Chelsea win as USMNT star continues comeback from injury

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Christian Pulisic dribble Chelsea Leicester 2022-23
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Christian Pulisic's comeback continued as the U.S. men's national team star came off the bench for Chelsea in a second straight game.
  • Pulisic benched again
  • USMNT star recently returned from injury
  • Faces tough fight to get back into starting XI

WHAT HAPPENED? Pulisic was among the substitutes for Chelsea's match against Leicester, having made his return from a two-month injury layoff by coming off the bench in the Blues' Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund midweek. Chelsea boss Graham Potter went with an attacking trio of Joao Felix, Kai Havertz and Mykhailo Mudryk, with Pulisic a potential option as a substitute.

He turned to him in the 73rd minute to replace Ben Chilwell as Chelsea won the game 3-1 behind goals from Chilwell, Havertz and Mateo Kovacic.

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HOW HE GOT ON: Pulisic didn't get too much of the ball, but did complete seven of his eight passes. In total, he had just 11 touches in his brief time on the field.

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THE BIGGER PICTURE: Pulisic faces a massive fight to get back into Chelsea's starting XI, with Potter having a wealth of options in the attacking positions. In addition to the above trio, Chelsea have Raheem Sterling, Hakim Ziyech, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nono Madueke and David Datro Fofana among options for spots in that front three.


Christian Pulisic Chelsea Leicester 2022-23

WHAT NEXT FOR CHELSEA? The Blues, who sit 10th in the Premier League despite the win, will face Everton next weekend in their final match before the international break.

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