Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic has admitted he’s keen to hit the ground running, after enduring an indifferent season last term.
The USA international originally signed for the club in January 2019, before joining up with the Blues later that year, emerging as a key player under Frank Lampard in the second half of the 2019/20 campaign, ending the season with nine goals in just 25 Premier League appearances.
An injury picked up in the FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal in August 2020 ensured he missed the start of the following campaign, with injury going on to be a recurring theme of last season as he struggled for regular game time.
Not only injury, but the multitude of attacking options at Thomas Tuchel’s disposal has also made life difficult for the 22-year-old, as he ended the 2020/21 season with just 18 league starts and four goals.
Ahead of the new campaign which begins on 13 August, the former Borussia Dortmund man has admitted he’s keen to get off to a good start and hopes to benefit from his first full pre-season with the club.
“I think that’s going to be a big positive for me, so I’m looking forward to the start of the season,” he told the club website.
“This year is my first real full pre-season at Chelsea and it’s just given me a good chance to get my full fitness and for me to get 100 per cent fit and ready to play 90 minutes once the season begins.
“That’s the aim for me, just trying to get my body in a good place where I can be available as much as possible this season.
“Hitting the ground running at the start of the season is the goal, of course. It’s nice to be able to have a full pre-season this time and get nice and fit and be 100 per cent ready in time for the start of the season.”
Chelsea begin the 2021/22 campaign against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Saturday 14 August.