Chelsea had a number of standout performers of their 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Saturday, however there’s no doubting who was the choose of the bunch.
Andreas Christensen was an absolute colossus in the course of the match, and the very fact he’s now picked up the man-of-the-match awards in consecutive video games at Anfield serves as proof for his renaissance underneath Thomas Tuchel.
The 25-year-old put in a faultless show on the again because the Blues fought to some extent in opposition to the chances, profitable 3/5 duels, finishing 29/36 of his passes, making seven clearances and producing three interceptions.
It’s completely no shock that Chelsea have conceded simply two targets in his final 12 Premier League begins.
Christensen has change into a really world class defender, however his street to the highest has been something however airplane crusing.
His expertise has been simple, however he has blown cold and warm with Chelsea followers for plenty of causes since becoming a member of the membership eight years in the past.
Within the 2017/18 season, Antonio Conte launched him to the XI and after a optimistic begin, a number of particular person errors noticed his place within the aspect come underneath scrutiny.
A type of was in a last-16 Champions League conflict with Barcelona, the place his unfastened go throughout his personal penalty space led on to the Lionel Messi’s equaliser. Barcelona went on to win the tie 4-1 on mixture.
Conte, nevertheless, caught by the then-21-year-old and even declared him a future Chelsea captain – which might properly show true within the coming years.
“I belief Christensen,” Conte mentioned. “I feel this participant is the current and in addition for the longer term for Chelsea. He may change into the captain of this group.”
Another excuse Christensen struggled within the latest previous is that he used to undergo from nerves earlier than huge matches – a lot in order that it truly made him really feel sick, one other former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri revealed.
Sarri questioned his Chelsea aspect’s mentality after a chastening defeat to Arsenal in 2019 and when requested if he was indignant with Christensen, he mentioned: “No, by no means. You recognize very properly that on the match day he has at all times abdomen ache. I don’t know the rationale however I feel he’s very nervous and he needed to go to the bathroom so I don’t know what to say.”
The Instances additionally reported that the out-of-favour defender obtained up and left across the 75-minute mark after Sarri used his ultimate substitution – a choice which unsurprisingly angered Chelsea followers.
Beneath Frank Lampard final season, Christensen fell out of favour and made simply 17 appearances.
Kurt Zouma, who has been offloaded to West Ham for £30m this summer time, was favoured forward of him.
His performances underneath Tuchel, although, have been unimaginable.
“He loves Chelsea, he’s a Chelsea boy from the academy,” the German mentioned of the participant after the Liverpool draw. “He feels trusted, he’s a high defender and a high, high man. He’s rising in character and self-confidence.”
The excellent shows of Christensen has even seen Thiago Silva – Chelsea’s finest defender final season – saved out the aspect.
It’s no marvel the membership have provided the centre again a brand new four-year deal, with that set to be formally introduced within the close to future.