Borussia Dortmund and United States Men’s National Team sensation, Christian Pulisic, 20, has scored three goals and assisted four in 18 games this season. The USMNT standout has registered 485 minutes of playing time this season in the Bundesliga for Borussia Dortmund.
Pulisic, who has earned 23 caps and scored nine goals for the United States Men’s National Team, became the youngest-ever player to score two goals in a Bundesliga game in May 2016 at the age of 17, coupled alongside emerging as one of the most talked about young talents in Europe.
The 20-year-old American right winger, who is of Croatian heritage, has won the German Cup, Bundesliga U-19 title and Bundesliga U-17 championship to date in his career in Germany.
The Hershey, Pennsylvania born USMNT star has also won U.S Soccer’s Young Male Athlete of the Year (2016), U.S Soccer’s Male Athlete of the Year (2017), as well as being named in the UEFA Champions League Breakthrough XI (2016).
Christian Pulisic caught up with FOX Sports Radio 96.9 FM/1340 AM’s Dean Perretta to discuss Borussia Dortmund’s current season, as well as Der BVB’s major ambitions and goals in the current campaign.
Dean Perretta: Firstly Christian, what are Borussia Dortmund’s primary ambitions and goals for this season?
Christian Pulisic: Same as always, we want to play an important role in the Bundesliga with the main goal to qualify for the next season in UEFA Champions League again. To do so, we need to finish amongst the top four. While we remain ambitious and of course want to finish as strong as possible, we at the same time had quite an upheaval in our team this past summer. Many new players came in, so we will need some time to find ourselves as a group.
Dean Perretta: What are your overall thoughts on Borussia Dortmund’s UEFA Champions League group?
Christian Pulisic: It’s an interesting mix of teams, a challenging group but at the same time we feel strong enough to be able to reach our main goal here: to remain in competition once the knockout stage starts in the new year.
Dean Perretta: What do you feel you have learned most from playing under Lucien Favre?
Christian Pulisic: It’s still a comparably short amount of time but I realized quickly of how much he is a coach who pays a lot of attention to small details. He really wants to improve each and every player. And he seems to find with ease the bits and pieces to do so.
Dean Perretta: Which particular areas of your game do you feel you improved upon most during the summer?
Christian Pulisic: As always, I feel first and foremost that I improve by the experiences I gain by playing as many games as possible and also by training on an everyday basis on such a high level of competition. I feel very well out there.
Dean Perretta: Lastly Christian, what are your own personal targets and goals for the current season at Borussia Dortmund?
Christian Pulisic:I want to provide my share to the team’s success, like I said to finish as high as possible in the Bundesliga, to advance as far as possible in the cup competitions – and being an offensive player that means of course to produce as much as possible in terms of goals and assists. My recent goal against Bruges might have come with a bit of luck, but I took it happily since it helped us starting with a victory to the Champions League.