Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen was a key player for Chelsea last season under Antonio Conte, with the 22-year-old playing 40 games in all competitions last season but Maurizio Sarri has preferred the pairing of Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz in a back four, with Christensen now third choice this season.
Christensen rarely get playing time in the early stages of the season and was linked with a January transfer to Barcelona but the Denmark international has played more for the Blues in the second half of the season with Chelsea playing two games almost every week this year.
Christensen has admitted he is happy with his improved playing time.
“(The season) has been a little up and down. It started low, but lately I have had several games that I have enjoyed. I had hoped I’d had more matches. Right now, it’s okay, it feels like there’s a fight every week. I have come into a good rhythm,” Christensen said, according to bt.dk.
“I think it was difficult, because there was a lot of space between the matches. It was every third or fourth week. Now it feels like it is every week and more rhythm has come. I think I have played well, and I think I have performed well. That’s also what I’ve been told by the coach.
“I came in late [from the World Cup last summer]. The others have played super well, and then it’s hard to get in. I’ve tried to show myself as much as I can, and I think I’ve succeeded. But when they have played well, it is difficult.
“Right now it’s one day at a time. Especially because I have now started to focus on, I get my matches. Then I will continue to show myself. Right now I’m just focused on the games I get. [Now] I finally have a game almost every week for the first time in the season.
“Right now I enjoy it, and it is clear that we have got a transfer ban, which I don’t think is going to mean much to me. But that is not something I think about.”