Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic says he is ‘excited’ to work with a new signing as the Blues go after their sixth Premier League title.
Following victories in the Champions League final and European Super Cup this summer, Thomas Tuchel’s side are hot favourites to win the league. They last won the Prem in 2016/17, when Antonio Conte took them to 93 points with the help of Diego Costa up front and Thibaut Courtois in goal.
Manchester City have won three titles since then under Pep Guardiola, while Liverpool triumphed in 2019/20.
But Tuchel has a great chance to bring another trophy to Stamford Bridge following the arrival of Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian striker was signed from Inter Milan for a €110m (£97.5m) fee. The transfer saw him return to the club where he spent three years between 2011 and 2014.
Reacting to the move, Pulisic told Chelsea’s official website: “Lukaku’s a great striker. He plays really good with his back to goal, holding the ball, and he’s a great goalscorer, so I’m very excited to play with him. It’s going to be exciting times.
“We have a very good team with a lot of depth and it’s a really exciting team. When you have a bunch of good players it’s never a bad thing so we’re really excited to see how this year goes.”
Pulisic got off the mark this season with a goal in Chelsea’s 3-0 victory against London rivals Crystal Palace.
He was joined by Marcos Alonso and youngster Trevor Chalobah on the scoresheet.
Speaking about the win, Pulisic continued: “Obviously it’s always nice to get on the score sheet so I’m very happy, but I’m just happy about the win for the team.
“We put a really good performance together and the clean sheet was very important, so it was a really good day for us and I’m just happy with getting three important points.
“Obviously challenging for the title is what we’re going to fight for, but it’s just the first game. We’re going to take it game by game, and try to put a great season together.”
Lukaku and Pulisic could feature together for the first time this weekend.
Chelsea travel to the Emirates to face Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, who lost their opening league fixture against newly-promoted Brentford on Friday.
Pundit backs Lukaku to aid Chelsea title tilt
Former Chelsea man Joe Cole believes Lukaku will go a long way in helping the Blues to win the title.
He arrives with a big price tag and is now the most expensive footballer in history when all his transfer fees are added together.
But the 28-year-old has scored goals wherever he has been and will surely settle quickly at Chelsea.
Cole said: “Lukaku is not the final piece of Chelsea’s jigsaw, but he is a piece that puts them right in contention for the Premier League title this season.
“Chelsea’s top scorer in the Premier League season last season was Jorginho with seven penalties. So it wasn’t hard to work out where they needed to improve.
“Now they have that top-level striker who has a track record of scoring 20 goals a season.”