Christian Pulisic: Chelsea’s young guns are loving life under Frank Lampard

Chelsea have lost a “world great” in Eden Hazard, says Pat Nevin, but one of Christian Pulisic, Willian and Pedro is being backed to step up and fill some sizeable shoes at Stamford Bridge.

Christian Pulisic says Chelsea’s young side are having fun playing together this season, as Frank Lampard’s team continue to build momentum at the top end of the Premier League table.

The Blues’ 2-1 win at Watford on Saturday was their fifth in a row in the league, with fifth-place Arsenal’s draw at home to Wolves opening up some breathing space between the top four and the chasing pack.

The result leaves a six-point buffer between Chelsea and the Gunners, furthering the former’s Champions League qualification credentials.

Pulisic has announced his arrival in the Premier League with four goals in his last two games, and there have been promising signs around his developing partnership with Tammy Abraham in attack. Both netted on Saturday and with 25 goals scored in 11 games, Chelsea’s forwards are loving life.

“It is so much fun playing with these guys,” Pulisic told Chelsea’s official website. “They make it easy for me. It is a tight group we have and these guys help me so much.

“I feel confident and I feel good as part of this team and but the hard work does not stop now. I must keep working and learning my position.

“I am going to keep working and I want to prove every week that I want to be in that line-up.”

Chelsea have relished proving the nay-sayers wrong in the last few weeks, with plenty of criticism having come their way during a rocky start to the season.

But with the league table taking shape, the gamble the club took on appointing Lampard appears to be paying off.

They will now be looking to cement their place in the top four as the winter fixtures begin to pile up.

“That is where we want to be,” Pulisic added. “We are a big club and we need to fight to be as close to the top as we can.”

While Chelsea were generally on top against Watford on Saturday, they were made to sweat for the last ten minutes as a Gerard Deulofeu penalty brought the Hornets back into the game.

With the last touch of the game, Kepa was forced into an excellent save to prevent fellow goalkeeper Ben Foster heading in what would have been a remarkable equaliser.

“That last five or 10 minutes felt like a long time!” Pulisic admitted.

“He [Kepa] is unbelievable and he was there when we needed him most so we are all happy,” said Pulisic.

“It was closer than it needed to be. We were unfortunate with the penalty, we were really dominating the second half but Watford put up a good fight at the end.”

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