Pulisic opens up on ‘tough’ balancing act with Chelsea and USMNT

Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic has finally opened up on the pressures of playing for both club and country.

The 23-year-old is considered the biggest name in American soccer given his status at the reigning European champions.

Pulisic was an unused substitute in Chelsea’s last two games in the Premier League after playing in six straight matches.

“There are two sides of me,” Pulisic said. “Especially when people ask you how you are sometimes, there’s the soccer side and then there’s the person side. The person side is even more important for me and I’m doing alright, in that sense.

“It’s a lot sometimes. When I come to the national team, it’s ‘How are things Chelsea? What’s this? What’s that?’

“It’s tough, it’s tough. It’s definitely played a lot on me and mentally it’s been difficult at times, but I’m always very excited to come back with a national team and sort of step away and get to enjoy playing with these guys and get to just enjoying football in general.”

He added: “Obviously it’s been up and down this year for sure, not exactly where I want to be and how I want things to be right now. I’m just gonna keep going.

“It doesn’t affect me when I come here, so I’m excited to be here.”

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