Christian Pulisic declares Chelsea are “ready to fight” to end their recent Wembley heartache as they take on Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final.
The Blues were defeated in the 2020 and 2021 FA Cup finals by Arsenal and Leicester respectively but have the chance to collect another trophy under Thomas Tuchel on Sunday afternoon.
Standing in their way are Liverpool, who are are 10 points ahead in the Premier League table having played one more game.
The two teams were evenly matched when they met in the top flight this season, drawing 1-1 at Anfield in August and 2-2 at Stamford Bridge in January.
Pulisic, 23, was on the scoresheet during last month’s clash and knows all about the “very difficult” task Jurgen Klopp’s side present.
But the United States forward is confident Chelsea’s recent experience of matches with silverware at stake – having won the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup over the last nine months – could give them the edge.
“The players Liverpool have and the style they play, they make things very difficult for you,” Pulisic told ESPN.
“They are a high-pressure team, they have a lot of physical, fast players, dangerous up front. All of the above – they have a lot of good players so it is always a tough team and a good coach.
“We’ve played in finals before. We’ve won and lost them but it’s about getting in the mindset and being ready to fight because in a final, that’s what they’re for.
“It’s up for grabs, maybe not always the best football-playing team is going to win.
“It is about grinding, fighting and winning that one-off game. That’s what we are going to do; hopefully we are going to get it done this time.”
Pulisic also heaped praise on Premier League top scorer Mohamed Salah, who comes into the Carabao Cup final on the back of four goals in his last three games.
“He is an incredible player,” Pulisic said of Salah. “As far as the Premier League goes this season, he has generally been up there with the best.
“There’s definitely a lot to look up to and I can learn from him. He’s a great goal-scorer, really strong, he does a lot of things well that people don’t even realise to get him into position to score these goals. He’s someone I can learn from.”
Salah has scored 27 goals in 31 appearances in all competitions this season while Pulisic has four goals in 22 games.