‘I started as a striker!’ – Andreas Christensen on his Denmark days and dad’s influence


I can’t really remember a time when football wasn’t part of my life. I started when I was four, and my dad started up a football team locally.
That’s probably the first memory I’ve got of my childhood, actually. It’s just football.

My dad was a professional goalkeeper in Denmark. In fact, when Peter Schmeichel went to Man United, Brøndby brought in my dad. Schmeichel went, and he came in.

He stopped playing when they had me. As soon as I was born, he retired because I think he wanted to be there with the family. So I didn’t get to see him play, but I’ve heard stories and seen pictures, and he’s got a lot of shirts from his career.

We played together all the time. We lived in a green area and there was quite a lot of space, so we’d get a bit of fence and build it a little bit higher at one point to make a goal. Then, he would go in goal and I would just shoot, so we spent some time together doing what we both love – football.

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Chelsea Goal of the Season vote – the grand final!

Four quarter-finals and two semi-finals later and you have narrowed down the initial shortlist of eight down to just two. 

Nobody will forget Havertz’s goal in Porto, but Giroud’s acrobatic effort against Atletico Madrid in Bucharest was also something special. Your vote could be crucial so select your winner below and we will announce the 2021 Chelsea Goal of the Season tomorrow! 

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Euro 2020: Jorginho and Italy kick off tournament with a win

Emerson also missed out on the starting line-up, with left-back one of manager Roberto Mancini’s tightest selection calls going into the Euros. In the end, the more physical Leonardo Spinazzola got the nod, with the Chelsea man on the bench.

After a nervous and scrappy first five minutes, Italy soon took firm control of the game and kept it throughout, with Jorginho highly influential. He showed why he is considered one of the senior members of this squad by issuing instructions to those ahead of him, sometimes even while on the ball, and snuffing out Turkey attacks before they could begin.

The number eight also created arguably Italy’s best chance of the first half, with a clever chip over the Turkey defence, but Domenico Berardi fluffed his lines and failed to make contact with an attempted volley.

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What Do Chelsea Need To Do To Go On To Challenge For The Premier League Next Season?

In January this year, having spent £200 million in the summer, Chelsea seemed to be in reverse and didn’t look like there season was going to accumulate to anything. However, when club legend Frank Lampard was sack and Thomas Tuchel was brought in, their success was miraculously turned around and they ended up going on to win the Champions League which ultimately ensured that their season was a great success, but what do they need to do to go on to challenge for the Premier League title next season.

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One of the main issues that Chelsea had this season was they didn’t have an out and out goalscorer. Timo Werner has taken his time to adjust to the Premier League, and Kai Havertz has only just started playing in the false 9 positions but having a goalscorer which guarantees goals would take them to the next level.  There has been rumours of players joining the club with Harry Kane and Erling Haaland have been tipped as the two players in which Chelsea have been looking at. Kane guarantees goals in the Premier League, having averaged 23 goals over the past 7 seasons, but with him being 27, this might be something that Chelsea will be aware of. Haaland on the other hand is 21 years old and has become one of the hottest properties on the market right now. However, Chelsea will be aware that the transfer fee and contract of Haaland will be astronomical.

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Another area in which Chelsea will know that they need to improve on if they are going to challenge for the Premier League title next season is at centre-back. Thiago Silva has been a great signing for them, especially with the leadership and expertise at the highest level, but he is aging, and the quality drop off after him is huge, so they need to create more depth in this position. Players that they should be looking at are Raphael Varane who is eyeing a move out of Real Madrid and Chelsea are currently 8/1 to sign the Frenchmen this summer.

Euro 2020 preview: Germany – Kai Havertz, Toni Rudiger and Timo Werner

Rudiger has also been outstanding in recent months and he was much missed in the heavy defeat to Spain. The 28-year-old, like Werner and Havertz appearing at his first European Championships, should complement Mats Hummels well in the heart of the Germany defence.

Fixtures

Germany v France, Munich, Tuesday 15 June, 8pm
Germany v Portugal, Munich, Saturday 19 June, 5pm
Germany v Hungary, Munich, Wednesday 23 June, 8pm

If Germany win the group, they will play a third-placed team in the round of 16.

If Germany come second, they will play the runner-up in Group D (England, Scotland, Croatia, Czech Republic).

The squad

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Bernd Leno (Arsenal), Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt)

Defenders: Robin Koch (Leeds), Christian Gunter (Freiburg), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach), Emre Can (Borussia Dortmund), Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich), Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig), Marcel Halstenberg (RB Leipzig), Robin Gosens (Atalanta)

Midfielders: Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Leon Goretzka, (Bayern Munich), Leroy Sane (Bayern Munich), Kai Havertz (Chelsea), Florian Neuhaus (Borussia Monchengladbach), Jonas Hofmann (Borussia Monchengladbach), Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich)

Forwards: Timo Werner (Chelsea), Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich), Kevin Volland (Monaco)

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