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Andreas Christensen has provoked different reactions from different managers over the course of his career, as he has had his highs and lows since joining the Chelsea academy as a 15-year-old.
After a two-year loan spell away with German Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach, Christensen impressed massively and even attracted the attention of a certain Barcelona and later Manchester City.
Drafted into the the Chelsea team under Antonio Conte, the Dane learnt the trade of playing in the middle of a back three, and it seems that position looks his best.
Christensen’s career stalled again under Maurizio Sarri, and he went back and forth under Frank Lampard. But with Thomas Tuchel, we have seen him play on the biggest stage, and he didn’t break a sweat.
He had stood in for the exceptional Thiago Silva during a two-month injury layoff, and the Dane was brilliant.
Surely, many Blues fans would have had their hearts in their mouths when Silva went off injured in the Champions League final against Manchester City, but Christensen came on and ensured we never missed the Brazilian. His concentration level in such a high profile game was top notch and he got into the encounter from the first minute.
Former manager Antonio Conte had seen this in the past and had spoken highly of Christensen to play a huge role at Chelsea.
He said in 2018: “Christensen is having a fantastic season and he is showing great maturity. His performance was wonderful.
“I trust Christensen. I think this player is the present and also for the future for Chelsea. He can also become the captain of this team.”
What next now for Christensen?