(Video) Watch Christian Pulisic ‘fires’ message to Arsenal ahead Florida cup final match on Saturday
Arsenal and Chelsea face off for the Florida Cup trophy on Saturday night, in the biggest pre-season clash of the summer for both sides.
The London rivals will draw to a close their respective tours of the United States under a fortnight away from the new Premier League campaign kicking off.
Both clubs Supporters have a pre-season London derby to get their teeth into in the early hours of Sunday morning when Arsenal face Chelsea in Florida.
Arsenal come into the match having beaten Orlando City on Wednesday night, while Chelsea slipped to a surprise defeat on penalties to North Carolina’s Charlotte FC.
Tuchel wasn’t happy with his side’s performance in Charlotte, slamming the lack of effort, structure and hunger shown in the second half.
Christian Pulisic scored the only normal-time goal for the Blues with a clever chip, after a deflected Michy Batshuayi shot directed the ball right into his path in front of net.
The American has been leading his teammates across the country, and he believes a less than perfect start doesn’t mean the trip hasn’t been a success for himself and the rest of Thomas Tuchel’s squad.
Pulisic said: “I think we’re still starting up our season, it’s our second game together. We’re still working on some things. I thought we had some good moments. They really surprised us. Penalties, anything can happen.
“I’m feeling sharp but I still have more levels to go to. I’m looking forward to continuing to grind and get better.” (via Chelsea FC).
Chelsea are set to face their London rivals this Saturday, with the victor walking away with the Florida Cup and bragging rights heading into a wide open Premier League season.
When asked about the Florida cup final match scheduled for the weekend, he lament that,
On facing the Gooners this weekend, he continued: “It’s going to be a good test, someone we will face this year. We are looking forward to the challenge. The last game in the States should be a good one.”