Christian Pulisic scored his first Chelsea goal of 2021, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Blues from overcoming an early red card in a surprising lopsided loss.
Pulisic scored for Chelsea for the first time in almost four months, deliverig the opener in a 4-2 home loss to West Bromwich Albion. The U.S. Men’s National Team star scored in the 27th minute off a rebound of a free kick for his first Chelsea score since a Dec. 5 finish against Leeds.
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Pulisic was subbed off at halftime on Saturday, with Chelsea trailing 2-1 and down a man after a 29th minute Thiago Silva red card. The Blues eventually went on to suffer a 5-2 loss, the first loss of Tuchel’s tenure as Chelsea manager.
Making just his second start since Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard, Pulisic opened the scoring after he raced onto a loose ball following a free kick and bundled home his second Premier League goal of the season. Silva’s ejection just two minutes later changed the game, though, and Chelsea went into halftime trailing 2-1.
Pulisic left the match at halftime, with Tuchel bringing on fellow attacker Mason Mount at the start of the second half.
Pulisic’s goal marked his second score of the week, following his converted penalty kick for the USMNT in a 2-1 win against Northern Ireland last Sunday. Pulisic played the full 90 minutes against Northern Ireland.
Pulisic has now made 11 league starts in 20 appearances this season for Chelsea, which sits in fourth place in the Premier League standings. The Blues return to action on Wednesday in the opening leg of their Champions League quarterfinal series against Porto.