Jamie Carragher has toned down Chelsea and USA fans’ expectations of Christian Pulisic and claimed he will not reach the heights Eden Hazard has climbed.
Hazard faced his former club on Tuesday night but failed to impress Real Madrid after being substituted. Instead, it was Chelsea Pulisic who made headlines after opening the scoring in the Champions League semi-final first leg draw 1-1. The winger only became the second American to score in the Champions League semi-finals. He showed superb composure after a great race to get Chelsea back in the lead.
The USMNT regular has already amassed nearly 200 appearances and at just 22 years old, there is a lot of excitement in the United States around him.
However, expert Jamie Carragher doubts he can reach the heights Hazard has already reached. Carragher says it has been forgotten how good Hazard was at Chelsea and doubts the Belgian could even return to that form himself.
Carragher said UKTN Sports Tuesday: “I’m a big fan but I don’t think he will reach the level of Eden Hazard… apologies, he won’t.
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“Eden Hazard was the best player in the Premier League for four years and the Belgian finished third in the World Cup (in 2018), he was the best player in the tournament – this is the level we are talking about with Hazard.
“It’s not me hitting Pulisic – it might sound like that on social media after some people’s show!” – but I think we forget how good Hazard was.
“He was my favorite player in the Premier League and for Pulisic getting there and lighting up a major tournament for the United States will be tough.
“Yes, I think he can have a brilliant career and he has a lot of potential, but I don’t see him reaching that level.”
Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel admitted that a lack of “composure and precision” in front of goal cost Chelsea a potentially decisive victory in the Champions League semi-final first leg in Madrid.
Karim Benzema spoke of an incomparable finish to scramble Madrid’s confused 1-1 draw.
Blues boss Tuchel admitted he was unsure whether the away goal and draw would give Chelsea the advantage in the second leg at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday 5 May.
Timo Werner failed to convert two good first-half chances for the West Londoners, leaving Tuchel thrilled with the app but wary of the final product.
“We are defending together as a team, all attackers have their part,” said Tuchel.
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Tuchel calls for more composure
“We’re still defending as a block with 11 people, so I don’t feel we’re pointing the finger.
“But of course the attackers are the first to want to score and be decisive. They want to do it for themselves and for the team, it’s the highest level.
“Sometimes if you have as good a half hour as we did, with chances and half chances, you want more composure and precision in the decision making and the finish.
“It wasn’t like that so the challenge was more not to worry too long, to regret for too long and not to lose confidence. We did it in the second half and we defended very, very well.
“We suffered physically because we only had two days in between. You can’t change five times in the Premier League, so it’s quite physically demanding.
“Today you can feel it at the end of the game.”
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