Christensen on crossing the road from the Academy and the big steps he’s taken since

‘It’s hard for a young player to come over the road from the Academy,’ recalls Andreas seven years on.

‘At the time, you are so nervous. You want to show what qualities you’ve got and make sure they can see a future for you.

‘I just remember taking it all in, every session, not only from the manager but the players that were here. I came the season after we won the Champions League in 2012. All the players that were there had experienced different things, so I just tried to take everything in.

‘I was quite lucky we had a few of us training a lot with the first team: Nathan Ake, Lewis Baker, Ruben, me. That made the transition a little bit easier. At the same time, you are young, so you don’t really think about the consequences too much when you’re that young. You know you won’t play a Premier League game straightaway, so you’re just enjoying training and taking it all in.’

It was on the final day of our victorious 2014/15 title-winning campaign that Christensen did make his league bow for the Blues, as a substitute against Sunderland.

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