Chelsea star Andreas Christensen was the pivotal element in the high octane matches against Barcelona and Manchester United, after the defender’s mistakes allowed the clubs to tuck in the goals which managed to change the complexion of the fixture.
Christensen is having a stellar season with the Blues so far having managed to topple fellow defender David Luiz’s position in the line-up well before the Brazilian’s injury setback. The youngster impressed the club with his temperament at the back, which got him rewarded with a new contract with the club ranging for four and a half years.
“He told me that it is natural to make mistakes. When defenders make mistakes it is more crucial than others making mistakes and it is easy to point fingers at. I have realised it, looked at it and now I have moved on."
– Andres Christensen on John Terry. pic.twitter.com/FzAiHt52s1
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However, the rich vein of form seems to have fizzled out after Christensen’s mistakes cost them in a huge way. Despite the recurring blunders, Conte seems to have his faith in the youngster still intact, with the Dane starting ahead of Gary Cahill alongside Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta.
Christensen admitted that he has been frustrated with himself over the mistakes which cost the Blues, and wants to prove that making mistakes is not who he is all about, in the coming games. He said:
I’ve been annoyed at myself, and that is difficult to get rid of – especially when there is a week between the matches, because then you have a whole week to think about it.so now I am just waiting for the next games to come, so I can prove that the mistakes aren’t typical for me.”
The youngster revealed that he sought the help of Blues legend and current Aston Villa defender John Terry, on how to improve his game.
“I have had a smaller talk with John Terry: he has also experienced setbacks and it is always nice to talk to someone watching it from the outside and to learn that they have experienced the same.”
It is natural to make mistakes
According to Christensen, the veteran advised him to keep things simple and clarified that making mistakes is a part of progress. The youngster also revealed to Eurosport that Terry used the example of a forward’s situation where he makes best of the next chance available. He said:
“He told me that it is natural to make mistakes and he tried to put it in perspective for me saying that, if a forward misses a chance, he can make it good again by scoring when he gets the next opportunity. But we can’t change a goal scored against us, so when we make mistakes it is more crucial and it is easy for people to point fingers. I have realized it, looked at it and now I have moved on.”
Chelsea fans would be pleased to see Terry’s involvement in the development of Christensen who is tipped to replace the defender at Stamford Bridge. Christensen has proved his potential in a matter of months and just lacks experience from where the blunders arise. The youngster can always continue to learn and can make his name with the Blues in the near future.