Pulisic: We can control our own destiny now

After netting his eighth goal of the season in our big win at Leeds United, Christian Pulisic reflected on a huge team performance while also talking about competition for places ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final and a return to form for Romelu Lukaku…

Chelsea had not won either of our previous two away matches before heading to Elland Road and needed a crucial three points to maintain a push towards Champions League qualification for next season.

Those three points eventually came after we netted three wonderfully created goals but in truth a positive result looked promising from the opening exchanges, with Mason Mount putting us ahead with just a few minutes on the clock.

A quick start is something Christian Pulisic admits was part of Thomas Tuchel’s pre-match instructions.

I thought we started really well, we came out with a lot of intensity and got a goal and then obviously the red card made it a bit easier. All around it was a good performance, but we still have some important games coming to focus on,’ Pulisic said.

‘We knew how they like to play as a team and we knew it was important – especially coming here with the atmosphere and everything – to start well and come out, and we showed that.’

A win puts the Blues eight points clear of fifth place Spurs with two games to go, both of which are at home in the final week of the season, and the American believes a top-four spot is now ours to lose – despite Spurs having a game in hand.

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