Christian Pulisic: My recent form is 'not the best it's been'

Christian Pulisic: My recent form is 'not the best it's been'
From ESPN - February 19, 2018

MONCHENGLADBACH, Germany -- Christian Pulisic admitted that his form has been better, but he believes it will turn around soon, the young American told ESPN FC.

Pulisic has started all but one of Borussia Dortmund games since Nov. 25, but he came off the bench as they grabbed a third consecutive Bundesliga win on Sunday, 1-0 away to Borussia Monchengladbach.

The 19-year-old has only provided one goal and two assists in those 13 games, and he said he is fighting to get back to his best.

"[My form is] not the best it's been but I am working hard, trying to help the team everywhere I can," Pulisic said. "But I just have to stay positive, keep going and things will turn around."

Pulisic has played 2,242 minutes for Dortmund this season in all competitions, the third-most in the club behind only goalkeeper Roman Burki (2,970) and centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos (2,597).

Asked whether he could use a break to fully bounce back, Pulisic replied: "There's no time for a break right now, so I am just gonna keep going."

Pulisic left Monday's training session prematurely as a precautionary measure, with coach Peter Stoger telling Ruhr Nachrichten: "He got a knock on his ankle in Gladbach. He wanted to try to train today but he had problems when playing a pass. It's nothing severe but we also did not want to risk anything looking ahead to Thursday."

Dortmund will look to progress to the round of 16 in the Europa League on Thursday, as they head to Italian side Atalanta with a 3-2 advantage.

On Sunday, Pulisic came in as a substitute for German international Mario Gotze in the 74th minute to reinvigorate BVB's attack that had struggled to create chances in the second half on a subpar playing field.


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