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Chelsea clinches fourth, Champions League spot

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Chelsea – Wolves: Frank Lampard’s Blues are going to the UEFA Champions League after beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Wolves will miss out on returning to Europe if they fail to win the Europa League and Arsenal beats Chelsea in the FA Cup Final.

[ MORE: Lampard reacts to UCL qualification ]

Mason Mount and Olivier Giroud scored for the Blues, whose 66 points find them in fourth. Manchester United finished ahead of them goal differential.

Wolves’ 59 points are seventh.

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Three things we learned

1. Mount, Caballero reward their boss: Frank Lampard has given Mount chance after chance going back to last season at Derby County, allowing the youngster to ride the highs of his immense runs of good form but also to rebuild after the duds that come with being a young player.

Mount scored a wonderful free kick and set up Giroud’s goal in a win that seals Chelsea’s spot in Europe.

Well done to Lampard, who also benched Kepa Arrizabalaga in favor of Willy Caballero. The veteran was solid even if only one save was required of him.

2. Wolves (might) come up just short and rare questions for Nuno: Nuno Espirito Santo drove his men hard this season and they struggled early thanks to Europa League congestion, but this was still a quality season that could end up back in Europe. Still, keeping Adama Traore and Joao Moutinho on the bench was a risk regardless of health and who knows if they could’ve done something in the first half to lift Wolves into sixth after Spurs drew Palace.

3. Pulisic Watch: American winger Christian Pulisic had a mostly poor day for his standards but played a huge role in Chelsea’s second goal, driving the middle of the park and getting fouled. Advantage was properly played and Giroud insured the result to give the USMNT star your proverbial “hockey assist.”

It was not the youngster’s best day or even an average one, but he still was involved in a goal on a day his club needed one. His 78 minutes were needed with Willian a surprise injury.

Man of the Match

Mount. Big time.


Chelsea – Wolves recap

Mason Mount put the Blues ahead when he swept an artistic free kick home.

He then took a feed from Pulisic off a long dribble and found Giroud, who danced around the keeper to make it 2-0.

Caballero rewarded Lampard’s faith in him or lack of faith in Arrizabalaga by making some calm interventions and quality saves.

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Pulisic Watch: USMNT super sub’s sensational assist, goal v Liverpool

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Who knows if Chelsea boss Frank Lampard could’ve gotten more than 30 minutes out of Christian Pulisic, but we bet he wishes he did.

The American subbed into the game for a fading Mason Mount and supplied a highlight reel assist and a matching goal within 14 minutes as the Blues changed the score from 4-1 to 4-3 against Liverpool at Anfield.

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The assist is an absolute barbeque of three Reds, with Pulisic cutting between Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold and then nutmegging Joe Gomez before sliding a pass past the reach of Alisson Becker for Tammy Abraham to tap home.

His second goal involvement was… just… chef’s kiss.

Callum Hudson-Odoi spotted Pulisic in the box and the American took down the cross and looked to have maybe have wasted his chance to shoot.

But it was calmness, composure, and confidence that saw Pulisic maneuver around Alexander-Arnold to smoke a shot into the upper reaches of the goal.

Pulisic now has nine goals and four assists in under 1650 minutes of Premier League action.

Christian Pulisic stats versus Liverpool (SofaScore)

31 minutes
Goal, assist
23 touches
6/6 passes w/ 1 key pass
3 shots, 1 on target
3/4 dribbles
4/10 duels won
2 fouls, 1 foul drawn
1 interception

Pulisic Watch: USMNT star rebounds in Chelsea win over Norwich City

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Christian Pulisic bounced back from a tricky performance against Sheffield United, assisting Olivier Giroud’s goal in a 1-0 Chelsea win over Norwich City on Tuesday at Stamford Bridge.

[ RECAP: Chelsea 1-0 Norwich City ]

Here’s your minute-by-minute breakdown of the USMNT star’s 81 minutes against the Canaries.

3rd minute: A tough first touch in traffic betrays the American, who fights back to poke the ball to Willian and establish Chelsea possession.

19th minute: Pulisic wins a throw-in deep in Norwich territory and is soon on the deck in the box.

28th minute:  The USMNT winger turns a Marcos Alonso pass into the outside of the side netting.

31st minute: Pulisic slides into the box and injures Timm Klose, adding to Norwich City’s center back problems.

36th minute: Wow! Wonderful stuff from the winger, who takes a hard cross out of the air in the box, spinning the ball into position for a vicious shot that Tim Krul pushes off the bar in vintage fashion.

45+3′: Pulisic runs into the left corner and Marcos Alonso slips him through, the American then crossing for Giroud to power home. Pulisic’s fourth Chelsea assist is his second time setting up a Giroud goal this season.

54th minute: Dribbles toward the top of the 18 but sees his through ball cut out.

74th minute: Pulisic had been plenty involved in build-up play and tried for the home run with a cute pass into the 18 that Giroud couldn’t reach.

75th minute: As if on cue, the American charges into the box for a looped pass from Giroud and slaps it toward goal for Krul to push toward Klose for a clearance.

81st minute: Pulisic is replaced by Callum Hudson-Odoi, finishing his day with two of three shot attempts on target including a struck crossbar. He had one key pass amongst his 27-of-31 passing and completed both of his long balls while drawing four fouls.

Pulisic Watch: USMNT star subbed off, jaded v. Sheffield United

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Christian Pulisic Watch focuses on his performance each week for Chelsea and the USMNT winger had a rough day at Sheffield United.

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Pulisic, 21, was subbed off with 25 minutes to go as Chelsea lost 3-0 to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Pulisic was clattered early on and looked a little jaded throughout as Chelsea didn’t handle the Blades’ 3-4-3 formation well at all.

Here’s the minute-by-minute analysis of Pulisic’s performance, as he couldn’t replicate his previously sublime form since the restart but he was still one of Chelsea’s brightest players.


2nd minute: Drifts in form the left flank and dribbles centrally at the Blades, then plays in Barkley but his shot at a gal is a tame one.

3rd minute: Clattered by George Baldock as he turns away from him and shows the Sheffield United defenders a clean set of heels. Baldock is given a yellow card. Pulisic is limping.

7th minute: A lovely cross from Reece James which finds Pulisic at the back post and he heads just over the bar. Good late run.

8th minute: Links up with Mason Mount down the left, then wins the ball back and tries to get Chelsea going in attack on the edge of the box.

13th minute: Runs in from the left flank but loses possession. Sheffield United tripling up on him.

14th minute: Spins away beautifully and plays in Azpilicueta, but his cross goes out for a goal kick.

28th minute: The American winger has been quiet but pops up centrally and flicks the ball into Abraham who controls. Does the same with Mount soon after as Sheffield United are sitting deep on a solid block.

36th minute: Tries to wriggle free in the box with good footwork but Sheffield United clear. Moments later he curls a cross past Abraham.

40th minute: Goes down but doesn’t win a free kick. Pulisic is frustrated and is being closely marked. Mason Mount keeps running into his space and they are getting in the way of each other.

43rd minute: Floats a ball into the box which is nowhere near a Chelsea player. Frustrating as he’s dropping deeper and deeper to get on the ball.

47th minute: Deep in his own half, trying to flick the ball upfield as Chelsea are under pressure. Half time switch to a 3-4-3 system sees him playing on the left but drifting inside a lot more and then moving to the right flank. Lots of hefty challenges on Pulisic.

54th minute: Wins the ball on the edge of his own box, then starts a counter attack.

56th minute: Dropping deeper and deeper to get on the ball. Cross is deflected out for a corner.

65th minute: Played in by Barkley and his left-footed shot is blocked with three defenders around him.

66th minute: Pulisic subbed off for Olivier Giroud. Chelsea go with two up front. The American winger was shackled well by Sheffield United.

Pulisic Watch: USMNT star scores again for Chelsea

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Christian Pulisic Watch is in full flow as the USMNT star is having a wonderful start to the restart for Chelsea.

[ MORE: Pulisic Watch, Analysis ]

Pulisic, 21, is probably the best player in the Premier League since the restart. Think about that.

As the Eden Hazard comparisons continue, Pulisic just keeps getting his head down and working hard, bamboozling defenders and scoring goals. The Pennsylvanian Messi has now scored three goals in five Premie League games since the restart and he has nine for the season to keep his status as the Premier League’s top goalscorer this season aged 21 or under.

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In our latest ‘Christian Pulisic Watch’ we look at his latest superstar display for Chelsea as he was trending worldwide throughout Chelsea’s clash at Crystal Palace.


2nd minute: First touch of the ball out on the left flank as Palace try and snap into the tackles.

5th minute: Dropping deeper centrally to try and pick up the ball.

6th minute: Ran into the box as Willian raced clear of the stricken Gary Cahilll, and proved to be a decoy run as Willian found Olivier Giroud to make it 1-0.

8th minute: Pulisic hooks the ball on centrally to start an attack as Willian tries to get a shot off but it is cleared.

15th minute: Kepa throws the ball out to him but James McArthur closed him down and he plays it back to Azpilicueta.

17th minute: Switches flanks with Willian and is now playing out on the right. McArthur again snaps into a tackle to stop him wriggling away.

22nd minute: Snapping into tackles as he tries to close down Patrick van Aanholt.

25th minute: Giroud lays the ball off to him and he loses it with McArthur once again snapping

27th minute: GOALLL! Pulisic is back on the left and he is set free by Willian. He works the ball onto his left foot and smashes home at the near post. What a strike. His third goal in five Premier League games since the restart.

29th minute: Cuts inside from the left and is tackled in the box by Joel Ward. A constant threat.

31st minute: Back on the right flank now as he switches with Willian again. Finds Willian with a lovely pass but the Brazilian sees his low shot saved.

35th minute: Wins a free kick and Luka Milivojevic is booked for bringing down Pulisic on the left flank.

41st minute: Works hard to try and keep hold of the ball on the right flank as Palace came back strongly after going 2-0 down, with Wilfried Zaha’s stunner making it 2-1.

45th minute: Pulisic is taken down by Joel Ward now. Palace trying to rattle the young American winger.

46th minute: Fast start to the second half as he tries to find Giroud, then almost gets on the end of a cross in front of Vicente Guaita.

48th minute: Involved in the build up and almost gets on the end of Reece James cross at the near post.

53rd minute: Makes a run into the box but Olivier Giroud’s header can’t quite find him. Pulisic then runs at Palace’s defense centrally but three Palace players eventually stop him.

63rd minute: Quiet 10 minutes or so for Pulisic as Palace have plenty of the ball.

74th minute: Doing lots of work defensively as Palace pull a goal back to make it 3-2, just after Abraham scored for Chelsea.

86th minute: Keeps trying to make runs centrally and is in the box when Abraham dragged a shot wide.

90th minute: Accelerates away from his marker and his cross finds Willian who sees his shot blocked. Pulisic left about four Palace players in his trail.