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Christian Pulisic ‘so proud’ to make Champions League history as Chelsea beat Manchester City in final


Christian Pulisic made history as Chelsea beat Manchester City to win the Champions League (Picture: CBS Sports)

Christian Pulisic insists he is ‘so proud’ to become the first American man to play in the Champions League final after helping Chelsea defeat Manchester City.

Pulisic, who became the first American male player to score in the semi-finals of the competition when he netted against Real Madrid last month, replaced Timo Werner on 66 minutes during Chelsea’s 1-0 win in Porto on Saturday night.

The 22-year-old wasted a huge chance to double Chelsea’s lead after coming on but the miss did not cost Thomas Tuchel’s side, who held Premier League champions City at bay to win their second Champions League title.

Asked about his piece of history after the victory, Pulisic told CBS Sports: ‘I’m just so proud. I’m so proud to be here.

‘It’s been a difficult road for me, and I couldn’t imagine winning the Champions League ever in my life, and now I’m here.

‘It’s just crazy. I can’t explain it, it’s just incredible. I have no words. I’m so proud. I’ve been hugging my family and friends – I’m just so proud.’

Chelsea finished fourth in the Premier League this season – 19 points behind Man City – but beat Pep Guardiola’s side for a third time since Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as manager in January.

Tuchel said: ‘To share it with everybody is incredible. We made it. Wow. I don’t know what to feel.

‘I was so grateful to arrive a second time [in the final]. I felt different. We were somehow… You could feel it getting closer.

‘The [players] were determined to win this. We wanted to be a stone in their shoe. We encouraged everybody to step up and step out, to be more brave and create dangerous counter-attacks. It was a tough physical game. We had to help each other out.’

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