hristian Pulisic has said “the sky is the limit” for Reece James and backed the winger to finish Chelsea’s top scorer this season after another virtuoso performance in Tuesday night’s 4-0 win over Juventus.
James scored a superb half volley to double Chelsea’s lead and helped their third and fourth goals as they booked their place in the Champions League round of 16 with one game to play.
Chelsea only have to match Juve’s result against Malmö when they visit Zenit St. Petersburg next month to dominate the squad after inflicting the biggest loss ever on the Italian club in the competition and setting a milestone for the rest of Europe.
James was at the heart of the starters’ performance, beating Wojciech Szczesny with a half volley ten minutes into the break and controlling the ball with a deft touch in preparation for Callum Hudson-Odoi’s close range finish, which came in. after Substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek danced in the area of Juve.
The England international, who is now Chelsea’s top scorer this season, also created Timo Werner’s tap-in with almost the last kick of the game, transferring the ball to Hakim Ziyech with a low pass.
“Absolutely we’re all in awe,” said Pulisic, who played like a false nine. Standard sport. “What he can do on the pitch is pretty special. He has so many abilities, so many different ways to help the team. The sky is its limit.
“Honestly, the way he’s playing right now and the way he’s kicking the ball, I wouldn’t be surprised [if he stayed top scorer].
“That’s what’s great about our system – it allows him to attack a lot. He was really strong last night and you could see how much he helped us in attack.”
Trevoh Chalobah opened the scoring by sweeping the house after 25 minutes on a great night for the Chelsea academy graduates.
Tuchel was also boosted by the return to the squad of Romelu Lukaku and Werner, while Pulisic started for the first time since August after his goal from the bench against Leicester at the weekend.
“I feel really good,” said the US international. “My body is feeling a lot better and I’m getting even better with more time on the pitch and I’m starting to get in shape.
“To be honest it was a pretty tough injury to deal with. There were times where I thought I could come back but I was still in too much pain. Now I’m in a much better place and I’m really happy with it. way it feels. We’re going from there. “
Chilwell looked to be in a lot of pain as he was helped off the field by two physiotherapists in the second half and he will be evaluated on Wednesday.
“It worries me because he was having a fantastic time, like Reece on the other side,” Tuchel said. “They were in the best possible shape. So strong, full of confidence and quality.
“He was in a lot of pain and now he’s feeling a little better. We will have the medical exam tomorrow.