There are so many superstar names in the Chelsea squad right now that it’s easy to overlook certain individuals, but Andreas Christensen is someone who’s reputation is rising by the minute.
Christensen, 25, seems like he’s one of the more quieter personalities off the pitch within the Blues group. However, he’s making quite the noise with his performances on it.
The defender has played every minute of the club’s opening three Premier League games and has put down a serious marker to his manager Thomas Tuchel.
Of course, there is so much talent vying to be in the XI each week. But, Christensen is putting his hands up to make himself an undroppable figure based off this current form.
First of all, it’s worth considering that Chelsea boss Tuchel has five centre-half options to pick from in his squad to fill the starting positions in a back-three. Also, Reece James is a utility option for that role.
Trevoh Chalobah has replaced Kurt Zouma as a fifth choice option, which leaves three from four to start in the best XI.
The trio of Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger started Chelsea’s win over Manchester City back in May in the Champions League final. They are the three senior options, but Christensen has received the nod over Silva at the start of the campaign following the latter’s late return from international duty.
Christensen has seized his opportunity in the heart of the defence and surely he has to keep playing in this form.
The Denmark international has taken his game up another gear under Tuchel to look in such control at the back whenever he plays. He’s not put a foot wrong under the German manager, who called him “fantastic” at the weekend after the 1-1 draw away to Liverpool.
He’s a ball-playing centre-half that can use possession effectively for Chelsea. The way he’s now defending, though, makes him one of the Premier League’s very best at present.
His positioning, calmness and timing of tackling is almost flawless.
Christian Benteke, Gabriel Martinelli and Sadio Mane are some of the attackers to get no joy out of him already this season, so the Chelsea 25-year-old is showing he’s a pivotal figure to this team moving forward.
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