Christian Pulisic Exposes What He does With Ngolo Kante in the Dressing Room

The American has admitted that he and the Frenchman are Chelsea’s top chess players, with Christian Pulisic having taken up playing recently after watching N’Golo Kante.

Christian Pulisic has admitted that he, alongside star midfielder N’Golo Kante, are the best chess players at Chelsea.

The Blues face Villarreal in the UEFA Super Cup final on Wednesday evening following their success in the Champions League in May.

Chelsea have failed to lift the Super Cup trophy in their last three attempts, missing out in 2012, 2013 and 2019, but they’ll be hoping to change that record this time around.

Speaking ahead of the huge clash, Pulisic admitted that his teammates like to play chess in their spare time – primarily because it correlates to them being better footballers – but Kante is the man to beat.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, he said: “Chess is a recent passion that I rekindled during all the time indoors in lockdown. I’d say N’golo (Kante) and I are the top two.

“We always have good battles. He was much stronger than me when I started, always the No 1, but I made it my goal to beat him so I had to work hard.”

Pulisic says that he enjoyed watching Kante play fellow international, Olivier Giroud, on the travelling plane, and he developed a better understanding of chess from there.

“It’s an incredible game that can help you with a lot of things like problem-solving or seeing different patterns. I’m not saying it directly correlates to me being a better footballer but it’s certainly better than staring at a screen, gaming.’

Pulisic even has a tattoo of a queen chess piece on his left forearm. It bears the name ‘Mate’ which is the 22-year-old’s middle name, and a tribute to his beloved late grandfather who sadly passed away last December.

“I used to see him (Kante) playing Olivier Giroud on the plane and we’d talk about it.

“I had it done after the Champions League final,” he said.

“There’s no great significance to the queen, though it’s a cool piece — versatile, powerful and can move anywhere.

“It was my grandpa who taught me how to play when I was younger. I was nowhere near his level and I wish we’d played more but I’m glad we shared that. It’s a memory I hold close to my heart. That’s why the tattoo is so special to me.”

The American will be hoping his newfound talent brings him a little extra luck for the season ahead.

By Funfair

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