Nicol: Christian Pulisic’s Serie A debut ‘may perchance perhaps not salvage any better’ (1:19)
Gab Marcotti and Stevie Nicol recap Christian Pulisic’s successful debut in AC Milan’s victory. (1:19)
Aug 21, 2023, 06:39 PM ET
United States standout Christian Pulisic started his AC Milan profession in spectacular vogue by scoring one blueprint and developing one other as Bologna changed into beaten 2-0 on Monday of their opening match of Serie A.
“It changed into an impossible birth for obvious,” Pulisic said. “I’m truly excited to be a element of this crew. The two early goals truly helped us on yarn of it changed into a fancy game after that. And for me factual a critical birth personally as well, good to salvage a blueprint.”
Pulisic is undoubtedly one of several fresh Rossoneri faces. Milan changed into the busiest Serie A membership within the offseason, bringing in six fresh avid gamers. Pulisic said the presence of venerable teammates conducted a element in his resolution to be part of the storied Italian membership.
“It changed into factual speaking with these guys,” Pulisic said. “With Olivier we had some factual experiences together, I conducted with Fikayo [Tomori], I conducted with Ruben [Loftus Cheek] and the connection is factual there, because it is doubtless you’ll perchance presumably survey tonight yet again.
“And it changed into big to salvage the aid from Ollie yet again. It factual felt just like the ideal step in my profession and I truly feel truly, truly welcome.”
Pulisic’s U.S. teammate Yunus Musah changed into suspended for the season opener. Nonetheless totally different fresh avid gamers Loftus-Cheek and Tijjani Reijnders were given starting debuts, and the latter additionally had a hand within the opener within the 11th minute.
Pulisic do in a trusty crossfield streak to the abet put up where Reijnders cut it abet for Giroud to slot in at the totally different aspect.
Pulisic did even better 10 minutes later when he conducted a one-two with Giroud ahead of firing into the far aspect.
“We’re very ecstatic with this main match and I am even happier for Christian,” Giroud said. “I do know him totally, we conducted together and had a factual relationship on the sphere.”
With a pleased lead and the heat nearing 30 degrees — even at evening — in Bologna, Milan’s intensity dropped.
Rafael Leão may perchance perhaps have made it three within the closing minute, nonetheless his effort came off the within of the far put up.