United States international Christian Pulisic has revealed that he is very happy with his ongoing campaign at Borussia Dortmund.
“We’re looking forward to the final a lot, we’re going to Berlin. We celebrated a lot and had very little sleep,” Pulisic told Stadium announcer Norbert Dickel [in perfect German] in an interview for the club’s own video platform BVB Total after the Ruhr side defeated league-leaders Bayern Munich 3-2 in the semifinal of the German cup at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.
Pulisic added: “Now we have a lot of confidence and we’re heading into the weekend’s match against Cologne with a positive feeling.” Cologne marks the only league opponent for the 18-year-old he has yet to play against.
“Sometimes it’s tough to play three, four days later after such a match [in Munich] but now it’s the last Englische Woche and after that, we’ll have a break,” he said, hinting that the upcoming league fixture will be anything but a walk in the park for third-placed Dortmund, who are trying to secure a secure a top-three finish in the league: “Cologne are a very good team, it will be another tough match for us. We have to fight to win. I’m obviously looking forward to meeting Neven [Subotic] again.”
Asked how happy he is with his own development this campaign, he said: “I’m very happy. We had a lot of young players coming in this summer. I wasn’t sure I would get enough playing time, but I worked hard every day in training and the coach gives me the nod.”
The United States international is the only BVB player who featured in each of the 21 competitive matches since the turn of the year either as a starter or a substitute.
Overall, he featured in 39 games across competition scoring five goals and assisting 11 thus far [via transfermarkt]. A special highlight for the young midfielder were his first appearances in the UEFA Champions League.
“It was always my dream to play in the Champions League,” he said. “When you’re standing on the field and you’re hearing the [Champions League] anthem, it’s a wonderful feeling. I used to watch it on tv, but when you’re standing [on the pitch] yourself, it’s awesome.”
The youngster, however, has to make do without his parents as his father Mark Pulisic joined the coaching staff of the Rochester Rhinos back in the United States earlier this year. Pulisic said: “I miss my family every day, my mum and dad. It’s very tough, but it’s a new step for me. Although it’s hard, I’m feeling very good here in Dortmund. The people are all very nice.”
Christian lives together with his cousin Will Pulisic, who is a goalkeeper of BVB’s under 19s.
“Life with Will is very nice. We do all the American things, play American football and everything, he said.
Dickel had a special surprise for Pulisic, whose goal in BVB’s 4-0 second leg win against Benfica in the Champions League was voted goal of the month March by the fans, giving the youngster a stack of Hershey bars.
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“They will probably only last until tonight,” the youngster joked.