Bangladesh, Nov. 28 -- One required some tough love. The other needed a new coach and his fresh set of ideas.

It took a while for Christian Pulisic and Mateo Kovacic to establish themselves at Chelsea, prompting doubts about the wisdom of their recent big-money arrivals.

Now they're in the team, there appears to be little chance of them leaving it.

Pulisic is the 21-year-old American winger who joined from Borussia Dortmund in the offseason as a marquee $73 million signing but didn't start a match of any significance for Chelsea in September or nearly all of October. Quite simply, Frank Lampard did not think Pulisic was showing enough in training - quite a damning assessment for a young player in a new country to digest.

Somewhat out ...