Thomas Tuchel described Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen as “super talented” after his weekend performance in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool.
The Blues earned an impressive point on Saturday on their difficult trip to Anfield,
which was made even harder by the fact they played the second half with 10 men.
Kai Havertz’s brilliant opener for Chelsea was cancelled out on the stroke of half time by Mohamed Salah’s penalty. Unfortunately, Blues defender Reece James conceded the spot-kick
and was shown a straight red card after the ball hit his arm in a goal-line clearance.
It was a brilliant rearguard action from the visitors in the second half to keep Liverpool’s attacking threat fairly limited.
The result means that both teams go into the international break with seven points from their opening three games.
Chelsea’s German manager Tuchel was extremely complimentary in his post-match comments about Christensen.
The 25-year-old centre-back was awarded Man of the Match on Sky for his display as he delivered another composed defensive performance.
“Andreas has been very strong since day one. He plays in the central position and finished the game in the right position because we brought Thiago [Silva] on and decided to stay in a back five. He is very strong. Super talented. He loves Chelsea, he is a Chelsea boy from the academy. He has a huge impact,” Tuchel said.
“In the moment I think he feels the trust. He knows he can absolutely help. He is a top defender and top guy. I have the feeling he is growing every week in confidence and personality and self-confidence, which is good. He is doing fantastic since day one and getting better and better.”
Christensen a different animal under Tuchel
Christensen often doesn’t get the headlines for his defending,
which in itself is the very reason he’s developing into such a top centre-half.
The Denmark international is an extremely calm figure that looks in complete control at the back and he rarely looked flustered as Liverpool pushed for a winner today.
The way he swapped from the middle of defence to the right shows his in-game intelligence.
Also, it must be great for his confidence to hear Tuchel’s comments.
He has to be a nailed-on starter in the XI right now in this kind of form because he’s got such a calmness at the back.