Chelsea supporters were singing the praises of Andreas Christensen after he put in an underrated display against Sheffield United last night.

A first half strike from Mason Mount was cancelled about by a calamitous own goal from Antonio Rudiger.

United ‘keeper Aaron Ramsdale then tripped Timo Werner in the box which allowed Jorginho to convert from 12-yards.

Sky Sports awarded the German their Man of the Match award and rightly so for his two assists and tireless work rate.

Rudiger was also solid despite his blunder. However, it was his centre-back partner that was consistent all match.

Christensen came in for only his fifth Premier League start for the season but Chelsea fans were eager to honour his contribution at Brammall Lane.

The 24-year-old had big boots to fill as the direct replacement for Thiago Silva after the Brazilian was brought off through injury at Tottenham Hotspur.

He was sturdy that evening and was impressive again in the face of Sheffield United’s stubborn attack.

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SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 07: Andreas Christensen of Chelsea runs with the ball as he is closed down by Oliver Burke of Sheffield United during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Chelsea at Bramall Lane on February 07, 2021 in Sheffield, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Chelsea Football Club/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

And he had the statistics to show for it. Christensen made three clearances- a joint high for Chelsea- plus made one tackle and interception respectively (WhoScored.com)

 

Furthermore, the Danish defender achieved a passing accuracy of 91.7%, only bettered by Chris Basham of players who played the full 90 minutes.

The extent of Silva’s injury is unknown just yet, so Christensen may have a much longer run in the team than expected.

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Another very convincing performance from a man who many thought was finished under Frank Lampard.

Stepping in for Silva is no easy task but Christensen has done it tremendously. Tuchel now knows he has a suitable understudy in his ranks.  

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