Chelsea defender says he felt 'awkward' playing in new position in Crystal Palace win

Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen admitted that he did not feel very comfortable playing as a right-back in the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Thomas Tuchel raised a lot of eyebrows with his decision to use a 4-1-4-1 formation, with four centre-backs, at Selhurst Park.

After the game, the manager explained that Cesar Azpilicueta and Callum Hudson-Odoi’s late injury absences were big factors in the decision.

Still, several of these players had to play in unfamiliar positions, including Christensen who operated as a right-back.

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“I was a victim, one of them,” the Denmark international jokingly told Chelsea TV about the system change.

“No, yeah, we’re just getting on with what we have. It’s been a tough period of time.

“We’ve been a bit unlucky with the injuries; some long-term, some for a few weeks.

“But no excuses. We know this is part of it, and we love it.”

The 25-year-old understandably did not get involved a lot in the final third but still did relatively well.

He completed five long balls in the game and managed to create one goalscoring opportunity.

Although, based on his comments, it is unlikely that the Chelsea fans will often see him play in this position.

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“It’s been a while,” he added about the last time he played as a right-back.

“Not my ideal game, but we take it as it comes.

“I enjoy sometimes playing in a new position, but it’s definitely been a while and a bit awkward.

“And in a game like this where the wind takes a big part in long balls and all these stuff, it was difficult for me.

“But yeah, we fought our way, got the win, and that’s what we’re pleased with.”

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