Lampard backs Pulisic to continue recent improvement after overcoming ‘physical demands’ of PL

Frank Lampard has backed Christian Pulisic to continue his recent improvement at Chelsea after adjusting to the ‘physical demands’ of the Premier League.

Pulisic has impressed during his debut season in English football after arriving from Borussia Dortmund, thriving particularly since the restart of the Premier League campaign with three goals and three assists in just six appearances.

Lampard has been pleased with the progress of the US international and believes there is much more still to come from the 21-year-old, suggesting Pulisic has the potential to become one of the most effective wide players in world football as he continues to adjust to the demands of the Premier League.

“I’ve seen real improvement in his all-round game,” Lampard said at his pre-match press conference ahead of Chelsea’s FA Cup semi-final with Manchester United on Sunday.

“Coming to the Premier League is very difficult because of the physical nature of the league. We have to remember how young Christian is and also the summer that he had.

“I think he found those physical demands pretty strong in the beginning and now you’re seeing him deal with those better. A lot of that is a credit to himself and how he’s approached it – he’s worked with our strength and conditioning coach Adam Burrows, who’s fantastic, but they’ve worked together so it’s Christian who has to take on that responsibility and he has.

“Physically that’s helped him but it’s also just his talent is coming through. Looking forward, I want to see more of what he’s shown in recent times which is goals and assists because that’s what the best in the world do in that position. I feel he has the capability to do that as he improves and that can be the edge as his game moves on levels.”

Chelsea currently sit third in the Premier League as they look to secure their place in next season’s Champions League, though face tricky fixtures against Liverpool and Wolves in their last two outings.

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