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Frank Lampard’s blue revolution continues to march on.
Chelsea played Crystal Palace on Saturday, hoping for their sixth straight win in the Premier League, and that is exactly what they got. The Eagles proved hard to break down, but as soon as Tammy Abraham scored the opener, there was only ever going to be one winner. In the end, the Blues won 2-0, which was a fully-deserved victory considering they had 23 shots to their opponents’ three.
Christian Pulisic put in a fantastic performance for the Stamford Bridge outfit, even scoring the second to put the match out of sight. It was a display that showed just how important he is becoming to his manager.
The USA international was a constant menace from the off. He had a total of six shots, three of which were on target. On both accounts, he led the way. Not only that, he managed to create three chances, which was only beaten by Willian, whilst he also completed a game-high six dribbles. That was twice as many as the next closest.
Defensively, his contribution was almost non-existent – he failed to make a single tackle, for example – but considering Roy Hodgson’s side’s lack of offensive threat, he was not needed to track back on too many occasions. This was a display that was all about his attacking qualities, and the match-leading 8.61 WhoScored rating showed just how good he was.
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The 41-year-old was continually questioned about his use of the former Borussia Dortmund man at the start of the season after he failed to include the summer signing in the first XI in the league from September 14th to October 19th.
The former Derby County boss, though, responded by saying that it would take time for him to adapt to English football, but that he would get his chance.
His management of the £54m-rated attacker – as per Transfermarkt – has been top drawer. Now, after setting Pulisic the challenge of reaching the standards he wants, Lampard is getting the very best out a player with huge potential.
Chelsea now sit third in the Premier League, and are even ahead of champions Manchester City. It is thanks to his leadership in these kind of situations that the south west London side are so high up the table.