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Men in Blazers podcast: Recapping the frantic festive period

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Rog and Davo break down the festive period’s biggest storylines, including Manchester City and Liverpool’s seismic clash, Christian Pulisic to Chelsea and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Old Trafford revolution.

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Pulisic: Chelsea would’ve ‘been my decision either way’

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His future sorted, Christian Pulisic says he’s ready to reclaim his roar over the second half of the season with Borussia Dortmund.

Chelsea announced the purchase of Pulisic and a loan back to BVB earlier this week, with the 20-year-old American hotshot set for a debut at Stamford Bridge next season.

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Oft-linked with Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, Pulisic says a move to Chelsea has been in the stars for some time.

Intrepid reporter Raphael Honigstein spoke with Pulisic, who revealed that his tumultuous season under new boss Lucien Favre didn’t have much to do with his departure.

Pulisic has been playing less of late after an injury, and the emergence of Jadon Sancho at his preferred right wing has also hurt his stock. But the player insists this summer was always going to be time for a move to the Premier League. From ESPN.com:

“I went through a few tough injuries at the beginning of the season. Players came in and did extremely well. But I think [going to Chelsea] would have been my decision either way, as I’ve wanted this for a long time,” he said.

He also said he’s ready to regain his place and never planned to leave in January, with Dortmund holding a decent lead in the race for a Bundesliga title.

LISTEN: The 2 Robbies, Kyle Martino on Man City v. Liverpool, Pulisic

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Robbie Mustoe and Robbie Earle are joined by Kyle Martino to dissect Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Liverpool and what it means for the Premier League title race (1:00).

Plus, the boys give their thoughts on Christian Pulisic’s decision to join Chelsea next season (25:50).

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Sarri gives bizarre answer on Pulisic, Chelsea’s transfer plans

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Maurizio Sarri was clearly not expecting to be answering questions about the transfer market.

Still frazzled by a 0-0 home draw with Southampton, the Blues boss was asked about Chelsea’s purchase of Christian Pulisic and the club’s plans in the January transfer market.

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Here is his somewhat bizarre answer, even given the fact that he’s not speaking his native language, from NBCSN:

“I didn’t know anything about (signing) Pulisic yesterday. They asked my opinion about him one month ago. My opinion was positive and today I knew that the deal is done but I didn’t know anything.

“I am not in charge of the market so I have to tend to my matches and play every three days. I can only say my opinion to the club.

“I said to them my opinion, if they want to improve the team.”

Now before you hyperventilate, USMNT supporters, remember that these questions and answers came moments a frustrating match and that managers are generally on hand to approve transfers, not line them up.

Fourth place Chelsea has eight matches this month, and is six points clear of sixth place Manchester United and three ahead of Arsenal.

How America reacted to Pulisic move

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Well before most people woke up in the U.S., Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund announced that Christian Pulisic would be making a big-money transfer move to the Premier League.

As the sun rose along the east coast and spread from the New York islands to California, Americans chimed in about Pulisic’s $73 million transfer to Chelsea.

Chelsea host Southampton on Wednesday (Watch live, 2:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) at Stamford Bridge and our Premier League analysts will be breaking down Pulisic’s move.

Here’s what some inside (and outside) of soccer circles in the U.S. had to say about the deal: