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Pulisic eyeing Premier League title challenge, but distances himself from Hazard comparison

Christian Pulisic is eyeing a Premier League title challenge with Chelsea, but has distanced himself from comparisons with former fans’ favourite Eden Hazard.

Pulisic has starred since the Premier League’s restart to establish himself as arguably Chelsea‘s key attacking threat, scoring three times and winning two penalties in just five appearances to boost the west London side’s hopes of a top-four finish.

The US international’s fine form has drawn comparison with former Blues’ star Hazard, with the Belgian having arrived at Stamford Bridge at a similar age before flourishing with his low centre of gravity, pace and goal threat.

Pulisic, however, has distanced himself from comparisons with the now Real Madrid star, but says he is keen to follow in Hazard’s footsteps in bringing success to the club in the coming seasons.

“He’s an unbelievable player,” Pulisic told Sky Sports. “It’s pretty obvious what he accomplished at this club and I’m not trying to compare myself to that. What’s important for me now is winning games and having an impact for my team.

“I’m really happy I can do that as of recent and my style is always going to continue to be that very attacking-minded and creative kind of player. I’m happy I can help the team any way I can.

“I want to be a part of this team. Every day in training I work hard because I want to start and I want to be on the field and I want to create goals and I want to score goals. That’s where I want to be. I want to continue to make a big impact every week and every game.”

Chelsea have already made a statement of intent ahead of next season with the confirmed captures of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech from RB Leipzig and Ajax respectively, and Pulisic admits he is ‘excited’ to play alongside the marquee arrivals as the club look to close the gap to Liverpool and Manchester City.

“I’m excited to work with them,” he added. “It’s fun to play with good players, it’s easy to play with them and those are two guys we know that are really talented guys so I’m really looking forward to it. We can have a really strong team next season.

“I think there’s still work that needs to be done [to catch Liverpool and Man City]. You can see this year that those two, especially Liverpool, have been just so consistent and dominant and that’s right where we want to be.

“We want to continue to be that consistent team week in week out, in tough games, midweek games. We want to be ready and be up for the challenge always. And that’s what it’s going to take. We still have our work to do but that’s where we want to be.

“We want to continue to win trophies, that’s always a goal. We want to continue to be a strong team, contending for that Premier League title.”

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