Christian Pulisic says he sees no reason why Chelsea cannot compete for both the Premier League and the Champions League after the club spent over £200million on new signings this summer.
Frank Lampard steered Chelsea to a fourth-placed finish in the English top flight last season in what was the manager’s first year in charge at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea were restricted by a transfer ban when Lampard took over the reins from Maurizio Sarri but have made up for lost time over the last few months, completing deals for Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, Edouard Mendy and Malang Sarr.
And while Chelsea have had a mixed start to the current campaign, Pulisic is confident the Blues now have ‘an edge’ and a feeling of confidence that was missing last term.
‘We’ve brought in more experienced players this year with some new signings, and I think we also have a great group of young guys so I think it’s a really good mix,’ the United States forward told CBS Sports.
‘Last year was more of a transition year where obviously we couldn’t sign any new players, but we still had some of the guys who’d been there.
‘What was great about last year is a lot of the young guys got a lot of experience.
‘This year there’s definitely a boosted confidence, we’ve got an edge. We’re ready, we want to compete, and we want to win titles.’
Asked whether winning titles is a ‘realistic’ target for Chelsea this season, he replied: ‘Chelsea is a club with a lot of history that always wants to compete and win titles.
‘Our goal is to finish at the highest standing in the Premier League and win every trophy available, Champions League included.
‘We’ve got a great group of guys, we’re going to compete, and we’re hungry to win titles.’
Pulisic continued: ‘Absolutely. Why not? That’s right where we want to be.
‘I think that’s realistic, and we’re gonna compete hard to get those trophies.’
The American was sidelined for two months with a hamstring injury which meant he missed the start of Chelsea’s campaign.
However, Pulisic returned in Chelsea’s 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace – replacing Callum Hudson-Odoi in the 83rd minute – and the winger is feeling ‘healthy and back to full strength’ again.
‘It felt great. I had another tough injury, and it was really hard work to get back out there,’ he said.
‘I’m really excited I got some minutes on Saturday before the break.
‘Now I just wish we had a game sooner, to be honest. But at least I’ll get a little rest.’
‘I was just really happy to make my season debut. It felt like a new beginning almost.
‘A new number (10), a new season. Obviously there are a lot of new players, too. Just a really great feeling overall.’
‘I feel healthy and back to full strength.’