'Top-class': Malmo manager raves about Chelsea 25-year-old ahead of tonight's match

Malmo manager Jon Dahl Tomasson waxed lyrical about Andreas Christensen on the eve of their Champions League tie against Chelsea.

As quoted by the Independent yesterday, Tomasson had nothing but kind words to real off about the Blues centre-back.

Christensen has come under plenty of compliments in the seven days, let alone the previous nine months.

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Only last week, Brentford boss Thomas Frank described the Dane as ‘one of the best defenders in the world.’

Although fans of the elite European clubs might disagree with this statement, supporters intertwined with Stamford Bridge would certainly tip their hat to Frank.

The 25-year-old has been a revelation following Chelsea’s decision to appoint Thomas Tuchel in January.

Statistically, his record speaks for itself.

Since Tuchel took over last season, Christensen has lost just six games overall for club and country.

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A remarkable record for a player seemingly doomed for departure under Frank Lampard.

Christensen the conqueror

Now, pundits and rivals across the board are beginning to recognise Christensen’s quality.

Even opposition coaches, like the man in charge of Malmo.

“Andreas Christensen is one of the best defenders around,” said Tomasson.

“It’s always good for the Scandinavian countries to have players coming across and making the grade in the Premier League.

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“He’s had a great journey and has done tremendously well.

“The way he’s playing and the way he’s been playing here under the new manager, he’s been a great inspiration for a lot of Danish people.

“And not only the Danish people but also for a lot of Chelsea fans – he’s a top-class defender.”

Friend and now foe

Tomasson actually has a deeper connection to the Blues centre-half than most.

He and Christensen worked together in the Danish national set-up before the ex-Newcastle forward joined Malmo last year.

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However, the former colleagues will have to tuck their friendship away for 90 minutes tonight.

Chelsea host the Swedish side this evening in a European fixture filled with unexpected pressure.

After the defeat to Juventus on matchday two, Tuchel’s men must try and regain a grip on the group by beating their guests.

Malmo meanwhile are without a single point or a goal from their opening contests, therefore victory is paramount.  

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.