Gareth Southgate identifies Chelsea star as threat ahead of World Cup

Clubs around the world will soon be separated from their domestic leagues due to the 2022 World Cup taking place in Qatar in the middle of the season.

Although the decision to award Qatar with this year’s iconic international tournament has been highly controversial, fans will still feel a sense of excitement as the competition draws closer to kick-off.

With less than two weeks to go before the 22nd World Cup, England prepare to take on Iran, Wales and the United States in Group B.

Although they are heavy favorites to advance to the knockout stage of the tournament, manager Gareth Southgate is taking nothing for granted and has singled out America and Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic as the biggest threat to the Three Lions.

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Speaking to ESPN about the Blues’ No. 10, the 52-year-old said: “Obviously I watched it [Pulisic] quite a bit at Dortmund, as we had Jadon Sancho there at the time and then we moved to Chelsea, I think the adaptation from the Bundesliga to the Premier League is not easy to begin with.

“The level of the most important games is similar if you play against Bayern Munich or [Red Bull] Leipzig, but then when you go down in the league there’s a huge difference between the buying power in the bottom half of the Premier League where they can basically take players from some of the biggest clubs in Europe and the bottom half of most of others. leagues in Europe where that depth doesn’t exist.

“So I think that requires some adjustment to not only the physical nature of our league, but also the intensity of each game.

“Of course, he’s had to deal with two or three coaches, so I think there have been times where he seems to be on track, he’s flowing and he has a coach who believes in him and he’s had to deal with setbacks with injuries. .

“He probably feels like he’s not quite where he wants to be yet, I imagine, but he’s a very good player and he’s a player when you look at the opposing team’s sheet, he’s someone that ‘we have to be aware of and we have to be prepared for.’

England’s Group B match against Gregg Berhalter’s United States will take place at Al Bayt Stadium in Qatar on November 25, 2022.

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