Chelsea star Pulisic flattered by Hazard comparisons

‘Eden was a huge player for this club and it’s a big compliment’: Christian Pulisic flattered by Hazard comparisons but the American winger does not model his game on former Chelsea star

  • The 22-year-old has endured a stop-start 18 months at Stamford Bridge 
  • Paul Scholes singled out Pulisic following his impressive display at Wolves 
  • He is aware Hazard’s impact at Chelsea before his £130m move to Real Madrid

Christian Pulisic is flattered by comparisons with Eden Hazard, but the Chelsea winger says he does not model his game on the former Blues favourite. 

The 22-year-old has endured a stop-start 18 months at Stamford Bridge due to injury after being signed as as a replacement for the Belgian before his €150million (£130m) move to Real Madrid in 2019.

But Paul Scholes singled out the American following his impressive display in the 2-1 defeat at Wolves earlier this month.

Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic (above) is flattered by comparisons with Eden Hazard

‘This lad, Pulisic, he looks the closest thing to Eden Hazard. He’s got a little turn of pace, his centre of gravity is low, he can weave past people and he’s creative.’ he told Amazon Prime.

Pulisic said it was a ‘huge compliment’. 

He told club’s official website: ‘As I’ve said before, Hazard was a huge player for this club and I’ll never try and compare myself to him, but coming from a guy like Paul Scholes it’s a big compliment’.

‘There’s no one obvious player I model my game on. I like to take a lot of things from different players. I’ve learnt a lot from Hazard’s game, from watching him and watching his highlights, and there’s a lot of players like that. I’m trying to learn every day.’

Pulisic is aware Hazard’s impact at Stamford Bridge before his £130m move to Real Madrid

While predominantly a left winger, Hazard can operate on the other flank as well as through the middle, and Pulisic is happy to adapt to whatever role is asked of him by Blues boss Frank Lampard.

‘I’ve played on both wings a lot,’ Pulisic said. ‘I can be very effective on the left wing but there are also a lot of good things I can do on the right. I’m learning to play both and I’m comfortable with both and anywhere in the attacking half. When I get the ball I like to think that I can still be dangerous.’

Pulisic says his aim for the remainder of the season is to stay fit. 

‘It’s not been easy,’ he added. ‘I had a very tough couple of months coming back and forth from injuries, but I’m doing absolutely everything that I can to be on the pitch because that’s where I want to be playing. Right now I’m feeling great so I’m blessed and happy about that. I’m just hoping it continues.

‘In the last couple of games, I’m starting to feel like myself again and my confidence is getting higher so I’m feeling good.’ 




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