Revitalised Chelsea man explains key way Tuchel has instilled confidence

Date published: Wednesday 17th February 2021 4:58 - Samuel Bannister

Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has given insight on how Thomas Tuchel is helping their squad get back on track.

Tuchel is tasked with getting Chelsea up the table again after replacing Frank Lampard as manager last month.

He seems to be having the desired effect so far. Tuchel has already lifted Chelsea back into the top four after winning five of his six games in all competitions so far.

Christensen has been one of the players to see the early benefits of Tuchel’s arrival. He has started the last three games in a row after coming on as a substitute in the one before.

Reaping the rewards of the faith his new boss is showing him, the Denmark international has been singing Tuchel’s praises.

“We had a little dip. But I think when the group came together we had one goal,” Christensen told Chelsea’s official website.

“It is not just aiming for top three or top four whatever. We just wanted to get back on track and we knew if we did that anything was possible.

“At the moment we are getting the wins. We might not play beautiful football for 90 minutes, but we are getting there.

“Manchester City are flying at the moment. But again now we are in the top four, we obviously want to stay there, and make sure we play Champions League again.

“I have played four games in a row now, it has been a while since I have done that.

“All the manager says is just be comfortable. If you don’t need to play the ball, you don’t have to. Wait for someone to come and take the ball, don’t take last second decisions, know what you’re going to do and make it happen.

“He has basically told us to be comfortable. To believe in ourselves.”

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Chelsea’s most recent game, a win over Newcastle on Monday, saw them extend their winning run to five games. Importantly, it also saw Timo Werner end his long wait for another Premier League goal.

Christensen admits that his teammate should have more confidence now he has got that off his mind.

“Yes, maybe Timo needed that,” he said. “He always works hard and I think the team appreciates that. That’s all we ask of him and that he keeps going.

“But I think it was more important for him personally to get his goal and keep scoring.

“Sooner or later it was going to happen. Even the amount of chances he has, he always pops up in the right places, so we knew he was going to get the chances, it was just a matter of time. Hopefully this was just the start.”

Christensen also pleased for Kepa

Another player whose confidence could grow under Tuchel is goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who was dropped by Lampard on a number of occasions.

Kepa started against Newcastle for his first league appearance since October, and kept a clean sheet.

Christensen praised the performance of the man playing behind him as well.

“I think he made a couple of good saves against Newcastle,” he said. “That was important for his self esteem and also for the group.

“It was nice to see him out there. We felt comfortable, even though I think we needed him two times in the second half.”

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