What Christian Pulisic told Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before Chelsea’s Europa League final vs Arsenal

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Christian Pulisic were teammates at Borussia Dortmund (Picture: Getty)‘We have bantered about that already. I have told him ‘you can score one goal in the Europa League Final, but you can’t win. That’s it!’ he told the Evening Standard.AdvertisementAdvertisementAlthough Pulisic was tipped to be a signing with the future in mind, he could have a key role to play at Stamford Bridge immediately should Eden Hazard move to Real Madrid.The United States international is confident that he can hit the ground running in English football, though, and admitted that he will be leaning on Aubameyang for advice.He said: ‘I knew that he’d do well in this country. He did it in the Bundesliga. He is just a guy that will always score goals. He will work hard and find that right spot. He is what a great striker can do.‘Does seeing how well he has done in the Premier League give me the confidence I can do the same? Yes, absolutely.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It’s going to be great for me because I will always have a guy like him to take advice from and to learn from.‘It’s great to still have that relationship even though we are not going to be friends when we play against each other.’Pulisic took a back-seat at Dortmund this season following Jadon Sancho’s remarkable emergence, although he still provided four goals and four assists in 20 Bundesliga matches as the club finished second to Bayern Munich.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Comment Christian Pulisic has joined Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund (Picture: Getty)Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic has told Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that he is not allowed to win when the two clubs meet in the Europa League final next Wednesday.The pair were teammates together at Borussia Dortmund but they will be rivals next season after Pulisic completed a £58m move to join Chelsea back in January.Pulisic, 20, will be an interested spectator when his new team take on Arsenal in Baku, with Chelsea looking to add a trophy to their third-place finish in the Premier League.Arsenal’s leading goalscorer this season Aubameyang is likely to be the biggest threat to Chelsea’s defence on the night and Pulisic has said that he is allowed to score so long as Arsenal lose.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 May 2019 5:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.7kShares What Christian Pulisic told Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before Chelsea’s Europa League final vs Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

Carrick backs Falcao

first_img Press Association Michael Carrick has backed Radamel Falcao to hit the goal trail and spearhead Manchester United’s title charge. Christian Benteke had put Villa ahead against the run of play before Falcao scored his second United goal to level. And England man Carrick believes the Colombian, who has struggled for fitness this season, is now ready to fire. “He’s scored so many goals over the years and you feel when he gets the chance he’ll score,” he said. “It was a terrific header, so I’m pleased for him. “After being out for a bit that’s him back and hopefully he can go on a bit of a streak now.” Wayne Rooney, who was deployed in midfield behind Robin van Persie and Falcao agreed and added: “It was a great run by Ashley (Young), a great ball and a great header. It was a nice goal all around and I’m pleased for Falcao.” But Carrick insisted the draw, which left United seven points behind joint leaders Chelsea and Manchester City and third in the Barclays Premier League, was not enough. “We came here to win so we feel we let two points go. We controlled the first half and went a goal down from nothing,” Carrick told MUTV. “We didn’t create enough around their box to be a real threat. The second half was better and we felt we could go on and win it but the final cross didn’t really go for us. “We felt we were in control of the game. When they went to 10 men we didn’t make the most of it. We tried things which maybe weren’t on so that’s a bit frustrating as we had the opportunity to put them under pressure. “We would hope for more but we didn’t lose, we took a point and hopefully we can carry it on over Christmas and be stronger when we come out the other side in January.” Rooney had a quiet game and could not hide his frustration after United struggled to break Villa down. “It’s important not to lose the game but we felt we did enough to win,” he told MUTV. “We missed an opportunity to get all three points so we are disappointed and frustrated.” But the midfielder admitted they blew their chance to extend their winning streak to seven games after drawing 1-1 at Aston Villa. United were held at Villa Park on Saturday, despite the hosts having Gabby Agbonlahor sent off with 25 minutes left. last_img read more

Men’s basketball breakdown: Badgers upset No. 8 Hawkeyes in Iowa City

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s basketball team might have just punched their ticket to the big dance.The Badgers (18-10, 10-5 Big Ten) put together one of their best team efforts of the season as they took down the No. 8 Hawkeyes Wednesday 67-59.Bronson Koenig led the way for the Badgers, scoring a team-high 15 points while shooting four-of-six from behind the arc. Nigel Hayes had a rough outing, shooting just three-of-11 from the field, but was the only other Badger to reach double digit-scoring with 10 points.Hayes did, however, hit the biggest shot of the game for UW. With 1:42 left and Wisconsin up by just one, Hayes knocked down his second and most important three-pointer of the game.From there, the Badgers never looked back, and junior guard Zak Showalter hit a driving layup on the next possession, and Ethan Happ sealed the game with a steal just six seconds later.Despite the excellent play from the team’s starters down the stretch, it was freshman guard Khalil Iverson’s play off the bench, especially in the first half, that ignited UW.Iverson scored nine points on four-of-seven shooting from the field. Three of those four field goals were baseline dunks, one of which went down like this:https://vine.co/v/i6qDjH6hZJYThe key to victory for UW was the way they contained Iowa’s (20-7, 11-4 Big Ten) potential All-American in Jarrod Uthoff. The former Badger shot just two-of-nine from three, three-of-12 overall from the field and finished with just 11 points. Uthoff also was forced to sit out for long stretches due to foul trouble throughout the game.Hawkeye junior guard Peter Jok put on a show in the first half in Uthoff’s absence, scoring 17 of the team’s 34 points. Wisconsin, however, managed to shut down Jok in the final 20 minutes, limiting him to just four points as the Hawkeyes struggled mightily on offense down the stretch.The Badgers will head back home Sunday to take on the Wolverines in their final game of the regular season at the Kohl Center.By the numbers2 – The number of points freshman forward Charlie Thomas had scored in his previous five games. He had five points in seven minutes off the bench Wednesday.6:01 – The amount of time to end the game that the Badgers held the Hawkeyes without a field goal.0 – The amount of wins Uthoff has against the Badgers since transferring from Wisconsin.1954-55: The last season the Badgers defeated two top-10 teams on the road.2 – Vitto Brown’s career-high in assists entering Wednesday night. He had four against the Hawkeyes.20 – The amount of offensive rebounds the Hawkeyes had Wednesday night. The Badgers are the worst defensive rebounding team in the Big Ten.3 – The number of steals the Big Ten leader in steals, Ethan Happ, had against Iowa. He is averaging nearly two per game.last_img read more