Christian Pulisic Target Response For This Season
We had to go back out and show character,’ Pulisic explained. ‘We’re never going to give up, we know we have talented guys and a good team but we just need to show it, which is what we did in the second half.It’s not easy to come back from three goals down but it’s happened before so we gave it everything and managed to get one back. Unfortunately, it was just too little, too late.
After the game, Pulisic pinpointed that below-par performance from the hosts in the opening 45 minutes as key to our undoing.
‘We conceded goals with a lot of counter situations and we weren’t prepared to stop that so the first half really let us down,’ said the American.
‘They were able to beat us on some transitions where we needed to defend better and be a little smarter and then we allowed them to dictate the tempo of the game.Three quick goals in the first half did the damage as Kevin De Bruyne scored and set up another for Phil Foden, following Ilkay Gundogan’s opener, to give Frank Lampard’s side a mountain to climb.
The challenge was too great, even if our performance after the restart was much-improved, culminating in Callum Hudson-Odoi’s late consolation.