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Yeah, you definitely have to give Christensen time to develop physically. He's not even 21 yet. By 22-23 he could easily add more muscle (but hopefully not so much that it changes his game drastically).

And please don't compare him to that clown Stones. He is an absolute fraud and a joke of a player. I've said it in this thread already that Christensen is a better player.

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Any argument about Azpi in the bench should stop immediately. He's one of the first names on the team sheet. 

If we fuck up this amazing opportunity to integrate one of the biggest CB talents around there is no hope for us, really.

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9 hours ago, BlueLyon said:

I would not put Azpi out, so no way we should play with two shorter CBs and Luiz.

I have to disregard the rest of your post because Christensen and Luiz are pretty much the same height. Andreas is slated to be 188cm whilst Luiz is 189cm I believe. I think you've got it in your head that Andreas is short but he isn't. We aren't trying to be Pep hipsters lol.

The thing he needs to do the most is put on muscle which is more than doable. 

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11 hours ago, OneMoSalah said:

Sure Luiz has excelled but lets not deter from the fact Luiz still has his flaws (was evident in CL against top opposition for PSG over last few seasons) and always will albeit they have been masked with this system and his discipline at times, he's at an age where it's harder to change him unlike Christensen who is very much still learning. 

What exactly does Luiz need to change or improve now? He's perfect for that central CB role. He doesn't need to change or improve on anything but his concentration and consistency which has nothing to do with his raw footballing ability. 

12 hours ago, OneMoSalah said:

you look at the Bonucci and sure he's a good passer but you wouldn't fancy taking him on 1v1, he's an amazing defender but with Luiz perhaps you would because he has got a mistake in him

Still Luiz is being doubted on his one on one ability, when not one of the top players or strikers in the PL have got the better of him. We've played against Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs, Everton, City and United, the teams with the best forwards in the league, and apart from against Arsenal and Liverpool performed very well against all of them. Even against Arsenal and Liverpool he didn't look out of place - he certainly wasn't the worst player or defender on the pitch. So Luiz has faced the likes of Aguero, Kane, Ibrahimovic, Lukaku etc. and didn't allow one mistake that lead to even a goal scoring chance or goal but he's still essentially being labelled as a liability in the back, as someone you can't fully trust yet which is quite incredible.

Bonucci was the same as Luiz before Conte was done with him, so it's only fair that you give Luiz the same time and luxury to work under Conte and prove himself which so far he has done well. He's been one of the best CBs in the league period. 

12 hours ago, OneMoSalah said:

I think the struggles we seen with Azpi as LB could eventually come to light with Cahill as a LCB too, Gary's not bad on the ball or with his left foot but he's always wanting to use his right which can close a passing option for him or slow the move down or whatever, as opposed if he opened his body up and used his left. But that's a common fault with a lot of different players in different positions in different teams.

I think the LCB role is a lot different to the LB role that Azpi played thus you can't really compare the situation. Our LCB (Cahill) does not have to bomb up the pitch and deliver a cross or check back on to his right foot to deliver a cross. When we have the ball they are important in keeping the ball moving, which is why I think Christensen would do just fine their to alleviate your concerns. How often do you see Azpi or Cahill even in the 2nd third of the pitch? Not often at all  

Christensen is a passer, he's comfortable enough with his weaker foot to pass it forward well if he needs to. As we've seen with Cahill in the system however it can work. Now imagine we have someone who is far more comfortable on the ball and someone who's a passer and good at moving the ball forward. It would add another dynamic to our forward play. Christensen for me would be amazing in Cahill's role. 

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4 hours ago, Styles said:

Yeah, you definitely have to give Christensen time to develop physically. He's not even 21 yet. By 22-23 he could easily add more muscle (but hopefully not so much that it changes his game drastically).

And please don't compare him to that clown Stones. He is an absolute fraud and a joke of a player. I've said it in this thread already that Christensen is a better player.

Gotta feel sorry for Stones in some ways. Played for a manager who didn't bother about the defensive side of things at Everton and now playing for another similar one at Man City and even worse is his manager likes to over-complicate things. Can't be good for someone who's still young and trying to develop his game.

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3 hours ago, The Skipper said:

I have to disregard the rest of your post because Christensen and Luiz are pretty much the same height. Andreas is slated to be 188cm whilst Luiz is 189cm I believe. I think you've got it in your head that Andreas is short but he isn't. We aren't trying to be Pep hipsters lol.

The thing he needs to do the most is put on muscle which is more than doable. 

Yes you are correct I thought he is actualy smaller. But in my head I always compare him to Stones (who isnt small either), based on their build. So perhaps instead of mentioning his height, I should say he is not strong enough like some other CBs I believe do better in PL. And even if he is 1.88, he is hardly the guy that would have great jump on him or could bully other players. So it doesnt realy help him, much like Matic. I realy like CB to be strong in air area. 

But like you said, he can develop. I doubt he will put much muscle on his body, I realy doubt it. Either players are bulky naturaly, or they are slim. When they decide to change that, you can see their careers go in all wrong ways, such as injuries etc. But he can do a Carvalho in terms of playing. 

However one thing bothers me, that people put his skills out too much. Its nice that he is skillful, but he is a CB. And tbh I have not been impressed by his defending just yet. People get excited by that silky skill and put him in our team already, Im kinda passive about that. To me CB has to be good defender first. So I wont be surprised if he doesnt do as people expect here, and we will see Batshuayi thing all over again. 

But lets see how it works out, one thing, Conte definately knows how to make CB. He did it with Bonucci and now Luiz, which should get much more credit than he does.

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1 hour ago, BlueLyon said:

Yes you are correct I thought he is actualy smaller. But in my head I always compare him to Stones (who isnt small either), based on their build. So perhaps instead of mentioning his height, I should say he is not strong enough like some other CBs I believe do better in PL. And even if he is 1.88, he is hardly the guy that would have great jump on him or could bully other players. So it doesnt realy help him, much like Matic. I realy like CB to be strong in air area. 

But like you said, he can develop. I doubt he will put much muscle on his body, I realy doubt it. Either players are bulky naturaly, or they are slim. When they decide to change that, you can see their careers go in all wrong ways, such as injuries etc. But he can do a Carvalho in terms of playing. 

However one thing bothers me, that people put his skills out too much. Its nice that he is skillful, but he is a CB. And tbh I have not been impressed by his defending just yet. People get excited by that silky skill and put him in our team already, Im kinda passive about that. To me CB has to be good defender first. So I wont be surprised if he doesnt do as people expect here, and we will see Batshuayi thing all over again. 

But lets see how it works out, one thing, Conte definately knows how to make CB. He did it with Bonucci and now Luiz, which should get much more credit than he does.

Fair play. This is one of the biggest reasons why I'd want him to play in Cahill's position if we do keep him around. 

Andreas is different to Stones in that he's far more intelligent with his use of the ball. He doesn't dwell on it stupidly like Stones does and is a very smart, elegant defender. Stones is quite elegant sometimes but not smart like Andreas so he's far less effective than Andreas. 

We have Hazard, a better wing back and Christensen on the left side and Hazard won't ever be disrupted by poor support behind him. 

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8 hours ago, The Skipper said:

What exactly does Luiz need to change or improve now? He's perfect for that central CB role. He doesn't need to change or improve on anything but his concentration and consistency which has nothing to do with his raw footballing ability. 

Still Luiz is being doubted on his one on one ability, when not one of the top players or strikers in the PL have got the better of him. We've played against Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs, Everton, City and United, the teams with the best forwards in the league, and apart from against Arsenal and Liverpool performed very well against all of them. Even against Arsenal and Liverpool he didn't look out of place - he certainly wasn't the worst player or defender on the pitch. So Luiz has faced the likes of Aguero, Kane, Ibrahimovic, Lukaku etc. and didn't allow one mistake that lead to even a goal scoring chance or goal but he's still essentially being labelled as a liability in the back, as someone you can't fully trust yet which is quite incredible.

Bonucci was the same as Luiz before Conte was done with him, so it's only fair that you give Luiz the same time and luxury to work under Conte and prove himself which so far he has done well. He's been one of the best CBs in the league period. 

I think the LCB role is a lot different to the LB role that Azpi played thus you can't really compare the situation. Our LCB (Cahill) does not have to bomb up the pitch and deliver a cross or check back on to his right foot to deliver a cross. When we have the ball they are important in keeping the ball moving, which is why I think Christensen would do just fine their to alleviate your concerns. How often do you see Azpi or Cahill even in the 2nd third of the pitch? Not often at all  

Christensen is a passer, he's comfortable enough with his weaker foot to pass it forward well if he needs to. As we've seen with Cahill in the system however it can work. Now imagine we have someone who is far more comfortable on the ball and someone who's a passer and good at moving the ball forward. It would add another dynamic to our forward play. Christensen for me would be amazing in Cahill's role. 

Luiz is playing the best football he's played for Chelsea yes but he is still rash (high tackle on Fellaini could of been a red, numerous attempts at trying to make interceptions he is never going to make going through the back of players picking up stupid bookings) and make the wrong decision (ridiculous attempt at whatever that was for Spurs goal). My concern was and still is, you can't teach an old dog new tricks, he's 29, he's already learned so much and will continue to be the same player he was 2 years ago although the system helps him and his concentration at times has been fantastic considering the train wreck he was under Villas-Boas... but Christensen is 21 or 22 with 2 seasons playing football that isn't at an academy level, still learning and can still be moulded in to whatever Conte wants to mould him in to.  Luiz still has issues 1v1, definitely but playing as the middle defender in a back 3, he is seeing what's happening around him more, positioning himself to prevent or block crosses/cut backs/to win headers, to sweep up behind Azpi or Cahill rather than directly engaging opponents as much as he would in the other two positions. There's no doubt this system helps him, he is a good player, has been one of the best CBs in however many games so far this season too and I'm not saying he isn't but he's still got some problems which he had the first time he was here. 

Bonucci was one of the better CBs in Serie A before Juventus signed him. He was part of the second best defense statistically in Serie A the year before he moved to Juve (ironically enough he played with Inter Milan's Andrea Rannocchia) and eventually Conte ditched his 442 system to play all of Barzagli, Bonucci and Chiellini because he was more than good enough.

I hope Luiz can still improve with Conte and this system and continue to remain concentrated in games but he's shown slight moments where you can see those faults. That's normal though we knew what we were selling and knew what we were buying but the 343 really has helped him along with Costa, Hazard, Moses and Matic rediscovering their form/contributing. If we went back to a 4 man defence you'd see these faults a bit more because he'd be more exposed.

It probably would work with Christensen on the left but he's played in the middle for nearly 2 seasons now and he plays that role very well. He has experience in that middle central defender role, more than Luiz, albeit Luiz has been around for longer, I think he has looked a hell of a lot better there with Gladbach than when they've played him in a 4 man defence but that's just me. I still think we will end up with anther defender regardless of if Christensen comes back year. I also think Luiz wasn't Contes first or second choice option. 

 

 

Playing on on the right of Mochengladbachs back 3 right now.. weird

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On 13/12/2016 at 7:19 AM, Dazzy_Vance said:

Made the European team of the week. Must be doing something right.

Christensen voted Player of the Month for December

  Andreas Christensen celebrates scoring against Mainz

Andreas Christensen has been voted Borussia’s Player of the Month for December.

Andreas Christensen received 33% of the votes, beating Thorgan Hazard, Raffael and Yann Sommer to the Player of the Month award for December. Thorgan Hazard came in second with 30% of the vote, then Raffael with 23% followed by Yann Sommer with 14% of the vote.

Christensen has been the talisman of Borussia’s defence, not only in December but throughout the whole season. In December, the defender played the full 90 minutes in each of Borussia’s five competitive fixtures. The 20-year old scored the opening goal in Borussia’s only win in December against Mainz. “I think it might have been the most important goal of my career. It was an important goal for the whole team,” said Christensen after he was voted Man of the Match post game.

Christensen is the fifth player to receive the award so far this season. Raffael won in August, Thorgan Hazard in September, Yannik Vestergaard in October and Mahmoud Dahoud in November.

  Christensen voted Player of the Month for December

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On 12/6/2016 at 2:17 PM, The Skipper said:

How often do you see Azpi or Cahill even in the 2nd third of the pitch? Not often at all  

All the time, especially Azpi who pushes forward every time space is afforded. 2nd third is around the middle of the pitch, isn't it? We play a high line so it's natural they are in the 2nd 1/3 most of the time when in possession.

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8 hours ago, manpe said:

All the time, especially Azpi who pushes forward every time space is afforded. 2nd third is around the middle of the pitch, isn't it? We play a high line so it's natural they are in the 2nd 1/3 most of the time when in possession.

Azpilicueta yes. Cahill no. The onus of the point I was trying to make in that point was more about Cahill not being comfortable enough in possession to play further forward. Azpi is obviously much more comfortable on the ball so he has been given more freedom to join the team when we're moving forward. Quoting it like that completely takes it out of context lol.

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9 hours ago, The Skipper said:

Azpilicueta yes. Cahill no. The onus of the point I was trying to make in that point was more about Cahill not being comfortable enough in possession to play further forward. Azpi is obviously much more comfortable on the ball so he has been given more freedom to join the team when we're moving forward. Quoting it like that completely takes it out of context lol.

There was no special context for this question, was there? I re-read your post and couldn't find anything that changed the meaning of the question to which I replied. You said both Azpi and Cahill are rarely in the 2nd third of the pitch, I completely disagree with that, you disagreed with yourself too by admitting that Azpi does go forward. If you divide the pitch into thirds, then whatever way you look at it both are often in that area.

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This next 2 transfer windows are going to be very big for us and some of ou players.

The full back position especially is going to be a hard decision. I loved Happy pre accident and pre Conti but I'm not sure how Conti sees him as important in our future.

We got Andreas and Ake both coming back with the same wants of being a regular starter too. So thats 3 talented young guys all itching to wear blue.

We got Luiz who I think couldn't be placed anywhere better on the CB line (MAYBE as a deep pocket playmaker tho) And I can't see Dave losing his place any time soon. But I would happily upgrade Gazza.

So will the Don with his history of masking up good defences buy in a CB or gamble on waiting a few weeks into pre season to see how the lads integrate into the team?

Theres no doubt  Andreas has picked up a wealth of experience on loan playing regular and in CL whereas Happy hasn't played very much at all plus recovering from a career ending injury for some. So tho I love him I'm dubious.

Ake has been solid. Had a good game against those north London lot last night I thought.

But as we can only use 3 I think Conte will buy one in and I hope could talk one of the lads into staying and fighting for his place.

We shall see.

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If he wasn't a Chelsea player Chelsea fans wouldn't be able to control themselves when thinking about the prospect of him joining. Think of Stones, who was supposed to be Chelsea's saviour or something. Same goes for that Romagnoli bloke.

It would be a shame if he never got a real shot.

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If he wasn't a Chelsea player Chelsea fans wouldn't be able to control themselves when thinking about the prospect of him joining. Think of Stones, who was supposed to be Chelsea's saviour or something. Same goes for that Romagnoli bloke.
It would be a shame if he never got a real shot.


I doubt he will, as there will always be talk of better alternative instead of giving our own a chance.
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2 hours ago, Unionjack said:

UEL display suggests Chelsea may have their Terry replacement in Christensen

http://www.footballfancast.com/transfer-in-numbers/uel-display-suggests-chelsea-may-have-their-terry-replacement-in-christensen

 

 

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Christensen would be perfect has a sweeper but Luiz playing in that position for us

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