Monday, 19 March 2018

Christensen admits: “I’ve made mistakes this season but 1 Chelsea Legend has helped me”

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Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has today opened up on reaching out to former Blues’ stopper John Terry for advice, following a difficult patch of form.



Gifted prospect

Christensen, a 21-year-old Danish central defender, has been on the books of Chelsea since 2012, when he joined the club’s youth setup from Brondby.

The talented youngster was sent out on loan from 2015 to 2017, enjoying a hugely impressive spell with Bundesliga club Borussia Monchengladbach.



He has long been regarded as one of the finest young stoppers in world football, and made his return to Stamford Bridge to join up with Antonio Conte’s Blues last summer.

Impressing

And Christensen has certainly not taken long to adjust to the rigours of English football, already proving himself as one of Chelsea’s most dependable defenders on his way to 23 Premier League appearances this season.



Antonio Conte recently referred to Christensen as ‘the present and future for Chelsea,’ while the club’s loan technical coach, Eddie Newton, had the following to say regarding the young stopper:

‘Andreas is a player that we can definitely have here for the next 10 years. He is another John Terry for me, and has that same kind of stature because he has got that ability.’

‘This season, he stepped in against Tottenham and Manchester United and it was like he has been there all his life. He is an incredible footballer and one this club should keep hold of very tightly.’



Helping hand

However, Christensen’s outstanding form to this point in the season recently took a dip at the worst possible time, when the Dane was at fault for goals conceded by Chelsea versus Barcelona, Manchester United and Manchester City.

And the 14-time capped international has today revealed that he sought out the help of Aston Villa central defender and Blues’ legend John Terry for advice on how to deal with his struggles, after Terry made a trip to the club’s training base.

Speaking in an interview with Eurosport in Denmark, Christensen divulged:



‘I try to keep things inside the club, not bringing anything home with me. My team-mates have seen all my other performances, so they know that these mistakes aren’t typical for me. 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.’

‘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 realised it, looked at it and now I have moved on.’



‘It has been difficult. You are not doubting yourself, but you might get a bit more cautious in what you do, and that can make things even worse. So it is difficult to move on. 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.

‘You just want to move on to the next match so that you can play a match without mistakes. I can’t avoid making mistakes but in some games the mistakes have been decisive, so now I am just waiting for the next games to come, so I can prove that the mistakes aren’t typical for me.’

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