Chelsea star surprisingly among fastest players in Euro 2020 ahead of Sterling, Mbappe

Chelsea and Denmark centre-back Andreas Christensen is among the top 10 players in the Euro 2020 in terms of top speed records.

The 25-year-old has had a great tournament so far, having helped Denmark reach the semi-finals.

Christensen himself is arguably one of the outstanding players in the tournament.

He has made 30 ball recoveries in the five games he played — joint ninth-best in the competition, as well as six tackles and seven clearance attempts.

Defending aside, he has also been showcasing his ball-playing abilities, completing 90% of his passes so far.

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Not to mention that he surprised a lot of people, including BBC pundit Ashley Williams, with his impressive display in midfield against Wales.

Christensen might surprise more people as he has recorded joint seventh-highest top speed in the tournament according to the UEFA’s official website.

Italy’s Leonardo Spinazzola and Hungary’s Loic Nego tied at the top with recorded top speeds of 33.8 km/h, but Christensen is certainly not far off at 33.3 km/h.

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This puts Christensen above a number of notoriously quick players such as England’s Raheem Sterling (33.1 km/h) and Kyle Walker (32.8 km/h) and even France’s Kylian Mbappe (32.2 km/h).

Obviously, players rarely hit their natural top speed during the actual game — and Mbappe would likely still beat Christensen in a 100 m race.

But it is still interesting how Christensen, who is not known for his pace, is among the top 10 in the competition.

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Jorginho is another standout Chelsea player in terms of statistics at the Euro.

The Italy international has covered 57.7 km of the pitch in five games, third-most in the whole tournament.

While it has a lot to do with his playing more games than many others, he still covers 11.54 km per game on average. For comparison, N’Golo Kante covered 46.2 km in four games or 11.55 km per game.

Well, even Cesar Azpilicueta recently said that Spain must limit Jorginho’s involvement in the upcoming semi-final match in order to reach the final.

A Chelsea fan who loves football statistics. Studied sports journalism at the University of Sunderland.