Days after hailing Christian Pulisic as a player who can reach the levels of Mohamed Salah and Raheem Sterling, the American’s manager at Chelsea was detailing the player’s injury concerns.
Frank Lampard got another strong performance out of Pulisic in Chelsea’s 1-0 win at Leicester City in the FA Cup quarterfinal on Sunday, but removed the player with 18 minutes to play.
“He felt tightness in his calf during second drinks break so took him off straight away,” Lampard said, via Football.London. “We’ll see in next day. Andreas had a problem in his hip, didn’t feel comfortable in training yesterday so was out of the squad.”
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The game was not in Chelsea’s favor at halftime, and the manager did not hesitate to remove three young players.
Reece James was the best of the three but was removed for mainstay Cesar Azpilicueta, while struggling Billy Gilmour and Mason Mount were replaced by Mateo Kovacic and eventual goal scorer Ross Barkley.
“Mason has given a lot of input in two games this week. Reece hasn’t played in a long time, Billy the same. They are going to be top players for this club no matter what. A fact of how I saw the game. They all train well, have great work ethic. Just the circumstances today.”
We’ll hope for the best on Pulisic, who will want to continue to assert himself as a starter before Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, and perhaps others arrive for Chelsea’s 2020-21 season.
Plus: “Christian Pulisic, FA Cup winner” would be a nice line for the USMNT star’s resume.
There wasn’t a heck of a lot of action in Premier League social media Monday, besides Richarlison’s daily RT barrage and Phillip Billing one of the many standing up for Ian Wright in the face of vile, unpublishable racism.
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Let’s start with two footballs.
Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount engaged with a man from the National Football League, and the two clearly have a positive history.
Mount seems to have added New York Giants cornerback Xavier McKinney to the world of Chelsea supporters, and he’s admitted an affinity for “Big Blue” himself.
New York and London, the same basic shade of blue; It all makes sense.
Aston Villa center back Tyrone Mings is no stranger to strong opinions and shared some on the idea of Premier League teams returning to the pitch.
After first saying that he doesn’t understand why top-half players are allowed to express concerns about returning but bottom-half players are deemed scare of relegation, Mings admitted that there’s no reason to demand no relegation as a condition of returning.
Mings also issued a quip on the stories of restarting with different protective gear or matches shorter than full-time.
We’re considering buying a Mings’ Socceroos jersey after this one.
Chelsea have been a very entertaining team to watch this season as Frank Lampard’s youngsters have scored plenty of goals, but let in plenty too.
There is never a dull moment when this Chelsea side are in action and they’ve scored 51 goals in 29 games so far in 2019-20.
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Tammy Abraham is their leading goalscorer but the likes of Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount have also chipped in with goals, so too have defenders Marcos Alonso and Antonio Rudiger.
Chelsea currently sit in fourth place in the Premier League table and they’ve recovered well after a midseason wobble which threatened to derail their Champions League qualification push. Lampard’s side play open, attacking soccer and they’re fun to watch, even if defensively they have plenty of room to improve.
The UK government has currently set lockdown measures until May 7 and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will now give his next update on Sunday, May 10.
The next Premier League club meeting will be on Monday, May 11 to move ‘project restart’ to the next phase, and possibly vote on resuming the season.
All 20 Premier League clubs have so far agreed that they want to finish the current season but only when things improve and it is safe to play again.
Chelsea and England midfielder Mason Mount has been ‘reminded of his responsibilities’ amid the coronavirus outbreak after he broke self-isolation rules over the weekend.
Mason Mount, 21, was spotted playing five-a-side in central London with West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice as the duo are close friends.
All Premier League games are currently suspended until April 4 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
After Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for coronavirus last Thursday the entire first team squad, coaching staff and backroom staff were placed into self-isolation per the government guidelines in the UK.
Mount has been widely criticized for his actions.
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Mason Mount did his best impression of the Tasmanian Devil against Everton.
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The Chelsea midfielder scored a superb solo goal at Stamford Bridge as he turned and finished in one fluid movement.
Mount, 21, is now up to six goals in his first full season at Chelsea and the academy product has had a rough time of things over the last few months as his form, much like Chelsea’s, has faded.
The goal against Everton was his first since Dec. 4 and there was a huge sigh of relief from Mason Mount as the ball hit the back of the net.
With a place in England’s EURO 2020 on the line, Mount and several of Chelsea’s other young English stars will be keen to kick on in the final months of the season as they also aim to finish in the top four of the Premier League and qualify for the Champions League.
Check out the stunning turn and finish in the video above as Mount is starting to regain his early season form.