Christian Pulisic addressed the media ahead of Chelsea's Champions League clash with Real Madrid on Wednesday night.
The 23-year-old helped Chelsea beat Real Madrid in last season's semi-finals as they went on to claim glory in Porto to lift the club's second Champions League trophy.
Pulisic and Chelsea will want to put one foot in the semis with a positive result on Wednesday night before they head to the Bernabeu and Madrid for the second leg next Tuesday.
Here's what the Chelsea attacker had to say in full in his pre-match press conference:
On bouncing back after Brentford result:
“Yeah, the game on the weekend was a tough one but maybe a bit of a kick needed to get us ready for the games coming up. The guys are definitely going to turn it around. We are still going to be confident, as we should. Going into a game like this, it’s not going to be easy but hopefully that game will give us a bit of wanting to get back out there as soon as possible and win a big game.”
On Chelsea fatigue and tiredness:
“That’s our job as professionals, it’s what we do. It’s not easy, everyone is travelling. It’s our job to take care of ourselves and our bodies as best we can so as soon as the whistle blows we can give everything out on the field while we are there. Sometimes you have to fight through the tiredness and give it all for the team.”
On following the Chelsea sale news:
“It’s definitely my job to stay focused on my team and the games coming up because we have some massive games. That’s where I need to keep my focus. Obviously we hear things that are going on and we follow it but right now it is all about Real Madrid tomorrow and after that it will be about the next game. That’s what we put our focus on as players..”
On whether it is hard to stay focused:
“I think that the guys have done really well to deal with it first of all. The way the guys reacted and responded to get result and result, obviously this weekend was tough but the guys have done a great job and I don't think anything is going to change going into the business end of the season, even bigger games. I know this team is going to step up and do the best we can - focusing on the task at hand and the next game. That’s all we can do.”
On beating Real Madrid last season:
“We should definitely take confidence. We obviously got a good result last year and hope to do the same this year. It's a big team, never going to be easy - Champions League knockout game and it won't be easy, but given we beat them and won it all last season we should feel confident and that’s our mindset going into it.”
On Cesar Azpilicueta:
“He’s our captain. He does a lot of little things very well. The guy fights non-stop. He bring energy to the team and he’s definitely just a huge positive spark within our team. He’s very important for us. I don’t have enough good things to say about him!”
On reaction to Brentford loss:
“We've all been through moments like that before, that’s why we are experienced as a team. It's not the time to think we lost one game and while it was a crazy result, it’s not the the time to panic and take it with us.. We'll use it as fuel to turn it around. Everyone at the club handled it well. We will do the best to react and bring it into these next games.”
“I’m feeling strong, definitely healthy. There’s been a lot of travel in the last weeks but I’m feeling good, ready to go tomorrow. I’m looking forward to it and continue the run of form the team has been on and hopefully myself. I’m feeling good”
“I’m happy with my form. I don’t like to compare whether I was better then, am better now. I always try to be the best so that’s where my head is at and I will continue to do that.
On victory in Champions League:
“It should give us confidence, not overconfidence. Knowing we were able to do it last season against some of the biggest teams in the world should give us the experience and confidence going into the games we need. That should help us a bit.”
On Erling Haaland future:
“I don’t know if I would put myself in the exact same position he is in now. He is obviously a great player who has plenty of options I’m sure. You have to pick what’s best for yourself..”
On his Chelsea future:
“Of course I have years left in my contract, I feel happy here. We’ve been successful, we’ve done some great things as a team while I’ve been here. Currently I’m enjoying my football. I’m going to finish the season strong. It’s not something I’m worried about, I feel good right now.”
On American owners interested in Chelsea:
“I probably don’t know a whole lot more about them than you do!”
On Real Madrid differences from last season:
“I think there’s obviously some new players, new coach, new system they might play. There are some similarities in the team. I’m not too sure. We are continuing to look at their team and figure out the best way to play tomorrow, we will continue to talk about it and I think we will be prepared for what they have.”