Christian Pulisic insisted he is just trying to be himself amid comparisons with Eden Hazard over his Chelsea impact.
Pulisic has been one of the players tasked with stepping up following Hazard’s departure to Real Madrid. And the 21-year-old showed his importance to Chelsea in their win over Watford.
Winning the penalty that led to Chelsea’s second goal, Pulisic was a constant threat for the Hornets.
The win was a much needed relief for the Blues, who had dropped out of the top four temporarily when Manchester United beat Bournemouth earlier in the day.
Chelsea had lost to West Ham in their most recent fixture, so Pulisic admitted it was important for them to bounce back.
“We needed that one today,” the American told Sky Sports. “We came out with a lot of energy and we needed a huge result, especially after dropping points in the last game.
“There was a bit of extra energy because of that loss and we wanted to prove a point.”
Asked about his role in the penalty, and contribution overall, Pulisic added that he could have won another spot kick for his side.
“I got fouled for the second one as well and I thought it might be overturned but it is what it is.
“I feel confident in my game right now and I feel like I can help the team.”
However, Pulisic was unwilling to entertain the idea that he was becoming the perfect heir to Hazard, who left last summer.
“Eden was an incredible player for Chelsea and he is word class,” the former Borussia Dortmund star said. “I’m not trying to compare to him, I’m just trying to be my own player.”
Five games now remain for Chelsea to secure their objective of qualifying for the Champions League. And despite Manchester United breathing down their necks, Pulisic is confident they can make it.
“It’s going to be close and come down to the end. We are excited and confident we can do it.”