Christensen: We can’t let them breathe

‘Against teams that are used to having the ball a lot, we might need to herd them, if that makes sense, and when we have the ball they might not like to run, so we need to use that. So we are always thinking about what we can do to help ourselves and there’s a lot of details to it.’

If we are successful in that aim of progressing against Real Madrid, it will mean our first Champions League final appearance since we won the competition for the first time in 2012. Back then, Christensen was on the verge of joining the club as a youngster, with the chance of repeating that success one of the reasons he was keen to come to Stamford Bridge.

‘It’s something we really want to try and win. That’s why we all play football, for these big trophies,’ he added. ‘I knew already that I was going to go to Chelsea when they won it and I was following it very closely. So I had that hope at the time, and it’s still there, that I want to do that too one day. Everyone at the club wants to be part of this history.

‘Obviously I’d just turned 16 so I was quite young and knew it was probably a long road before I could be a part of it, but the quality that was at the club and the whole set-up, that was what got me here in the first place.

‘We’ve been fighting for it again for a long time and it hasn’t quite happened, but I think we are in a good position. We have a good balance between the young hunger and the more experienced players. We’re definitely looking forward to tomorrow in the sense that it means a lot to us and the club as a whole.’

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