?Andreas Christensen has admitted there are a number of difficulties and mental challenges which exist when playing for Chelsea, with the defender stressing that he will never get ‘comfortable’ in the senior set-up.
The 21-year-old has stepped up to the plate for Chelsea this season having all but replaced David Luiz in the centre of defence after returning from his two-year loan spell with
Christensen’s impressive form earned him a ?new four-and-a-half-year contract last week, but the young defender is conscious of the fact that he cannot become complacent and let his high standards drop as the competition for places will see him lose his spot in Antonio Conte’s side.
With Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Gary Cahill all in the squad, and reports reiterating Conte’s desire to add to his defensive ranks – after? the boss admitted to missing out on Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk – the 21-year-old Dane is wary of his precarious position at the club.
Following the Blues’ 0-0 draw with Arsenal in the first-leg of the League Cup semi-final,
CB: Andreas Christensen. In just a few months, the young Dane has gone from 5th choice CB to undisputed starter, and he’s kicked David Luiz out of the XI. If he keeps it up, he’ll be the first since John Terry to make it from Chelsea’s academy all the way to undisputed starter. pic.twitter.com/zTvveRIdoz
— Breaking The Lines (@BTLvid) January 5, 2018
“There are so many games that we try to rotate a lot.
“Personally I’m more tired than normal because playing in Germany you get two weeks off over Christmas so I’m used to that. Coming back here, maybe the most difficult part is mentally. The body is prepared for it from pre-season but mentally it is difficult to keep your concentration well, it is for me anyway.
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