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Fuel Soccer Talk: Pulisic contributes in Chelsea’s win; Watching the best is a must to be the best; Foods to avoid when training

Pulisic finally plays for Chelsea – and contributes (again)

Christian Pulisic! Yes, I know I’m obsessed with this story but he is one of the top young stars of American soccer. So tracking his progress or in this case lack of playing time with Chelsea is fascinating. Young players can learn how to handle frustration and how to best deal with it – on and off the field.

Earlier in the week, Frank Lampard has insisted that Pulisic will not be allowed to leave Chelsea on loan in January despite the winger’s slow start to life at Stamford Bridge. And that he will start to see more playing time. And he delivered on his promise as Pulisic played for more than 10 minutes in a Premier League game for the first time since August, and came within a miracle block of picking up his fifth assist of the season.

He had already collected a secondary assist (not a tracked statistic, but should be) on Marcos Alonso’s opening strike, driving the box, laying it across to Callum Hudson-Odoi, who made the extra pass to the advancing left back to strike cleanly.

The lesson here is work hard in training and be mentally and physically ready when or if your name is called. Pulisic continues to contribute when given a chance which should lead to more chances – one would think.

Premier League: Watching – and playing – with purpose

It’s simple really. If you want to get better you need to get out of bed. Yes, that means before noon for most of you and way before noon for many of you. Saturday and Sunday mornings should be reserved for watching the Premiere League. Get the Gold Pass on NBC (it’s like $5 a month) and watch as many games as possible. Watch. Study. Learn.

Here is a tip if you aren’t an early riser – watch them on replay at your convenience. Just make sure you watch.

I, of course, watched my City team play Crystal Palace and they were brilliant with the ball. What makes them so enjoyable to watch – besides Kevin DeBruyne and Raheem Sterling – is the way they move the ball. Always with movement. Always with purpose.

Here is a drill to work on movement and purpose.

Staying in shape: Foods to avoid while training

Put the fork down. And grab a pen or at least your phone if you prefer texting yourself. Here are a few foods to avoid when training according to muscleandfitness.com.

White Bread: White bread is high on the Glycemic Index (GI), a system that ranks food based on its effect of blood-sugar levels Opens in New Window. Foods with high GI have a greater impact on blood glucose levels. Does that mean since white bread has a high GI you’ll want to reach for the nearest brown bread? (Hint: No.)

Dried Fruit: Fresh fruit contains vitamins and minerals, and it’s high in both soluble and insoluble fiber. Dried or dehydrated fruit Opens in New Windowcan contain added sugar and sulfur to extend its shelf life. What’s more, the removal of water from the fruit can lead to overeating.

Pre-made salads: Store-bought salads can quickly turn a healthy meal into a fat bomb when the add-ons and dressing are applied to the greens.

Diet soda: A study conducted by the University of Houston Opens in New Windowfound that food labels with buzzwords like “antioxidant-rich” or “gluten-free” led consumers to believe they were eating foods that were healthier than they really were. So while it says “diet” on the soda label, the artificial sweetener used to boost the taste isn’t better for your diet than the sugar it replaced. WRITER”S NOTE – I don’t agree with this one. My daily diet coke is fine – all in moderation and “proven to cause cancer” is a bunch of nonsense.

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