Andreas Christensen has been enjoying life under Frank Lampard, getting minutes and playing games. Speaking before Chelsea’s 2-2 draw against Sheffield United, Christensen expressed his happiness with the new season.
“I feel good. It’s been a long time since I played three games in a row. For me personally it’s been a good start and I’m feeling more and more comfortable.”
Unfortunately, Christensen spoke too soon as he ended up being dropped against Sheffield United as Lampard started a centre-back pairing of Fikayo Tomori and Kurt Zouma, with the latter scoring an own goal which led to Sheffield equalizing.
Even the new defensive pairing couldn’t stop the defensive blunders that have become a hallmark of Chelsea’s play this season and it led to the Blues bottling a 2-0 lead. Christensen believes that it’s only a matter of time before we iron out these errors and things will only get better as time goes on.
“We’ve conceded some goals so there are things we need to do better as a team. We’re tackling it quite well I think. We’re looking at it as a team. We still have things to learn, we know that, with the type of football we want to play. Sometimes that is high risk. We just have to go through it and we will be alright.
“Looking at training we are going to get there quickly. We’re getting into the shape a little bit more. We know our job better and better. The manager is always on his toes and he is pushing us to perform the best we can every day. That’s what people really like in training. We feel comfortable with each other and I think every game is going to get better.”
-Andreas Christensen; Source: Chelsea FC
Hopefully the improvement arrives quickly otherwise it seems unlikely that Chelsea will win anything this upcoming season or even finish in the top four. While Chelsea have looked promising in attack and the direct, pacy football is a sight to behold when it works, the defensive errors are hurting Chelsea badly as they undo all the good work done in other areas of the pitch.
Despite all the drama that has surrounded us in recent years, Chelsea have still managed to win at least one trophy in the last three seasons: Premier League in 2016-17, FA Cup in 2017-18 and Europa League in 2018-19 season. That’s the Chelsea way, we find a way to win and the present crop of players need to find that way too.
“At Chelsea, you have to have high expectations. We are a club that are used to winning and that hasn’t changed. We don’t want to change and we’re aiming for the highest we can every season.
”We don’t know what that means yet this season but we are definitely going to push to win something, that’s what we want and that’s what Chelsea’s about.
”The manager has won the Premier League and now there are a lot of young players who are hungry to do it. That mixture, at the minute, is very healthy and I think it’s something the club needs. We’re pushing in training to be the best we can this season.”
Moving away from the present and the future, Christensen also talked a little bit about his past where he played as a 10 and a 6 before he moved to centre-back. He also talked about a few players who were his role models and obviously, John Terry was one of them.
“Every season, we needed a 10 so I moved there, played really well - I would say - then we needed a six, but that was only one position down so maybe I could do that. One day, we needed a defender and they chose me again and I performed well there too. Goalkeeper was the next step, but that was never going to happen!
”When I moved to a defender, I had two or three [players I looked up to] in mind. JT (John Terry) when I came here, he had a big presence at the club and was someone I looked up to.
”Even though he was at Liverpool, Daniel Agger was another, he was from Denmark and in the national team, he was someone I could always speak to. I still look up to both of them and want to do what they achieved.”
-Andreas Christensen; Source: Sky Sports
Considering how weak Chelsea have looked in defence, a John Terry reincarnate is exactly what we need. Antonio Rudiger will mostly be back in action after the international break and he still needs a partner in crime. Maybe one day Christensen will go on to replicate the John’s greatness! One can only dream.
If Christensen plays his cards right, he may very well become Chelsea’s starting centre-back for the upcoming seasons. If he doesn’t, well, all three of Conte, Sarri and now, Lampard, have shown that they are not scared to drop the young defender. Time to buck up, Christensen!