Andreas Christensen has thanked Thomas Tuchel for the belief he has shown in him after admitting to a “very difficult” time with previous Chelsea coach Frank Lampard.
Tuchel has inspired a turnaround of fortunes since taking over from Lampard at Chelsea in January. While their form under the ex-midfielder was not disastrous, Tuchel has turned them into a more ambitious outfit. They backed it up by winning the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup over the summer.
The effects of the change in coach on certain players have become clear as well. Christensen is among those to have improved under Tuchel, for example. Most recently, he put in a big performance at the back to keep Liverpool at bay in a 1-1 draw.
As such, there has been talk that Chelsea could extend the defender’s contract, which is due to expire at the end of the season.
In the meantime, Christensen will be focused on maintaining his current form and Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season.
Speaking to the media in his native Denmark while on international duty, he pointed to the impact Tuchel has had on his career resurgence.
He told Ekstra Bladet (via the Metro): “I know Thomas Tuchel believes in me. I have also played a big role since he came
“I had a very difficult period under Lampard, shortly before he was fired.
“Now luckily it’s going the right way for me. But yes, things can go fast in this world.
“The most important thing is just that I have never given up.”
Christensen quietly confident over contract
Christensen, 25, has been a Chelsea player since 2013 after spending a year in their academy setup. Apart from a two-year loan spell with Borussia Monchengladbach between 2015 and 2017, he has been at the Blues’ disposal ever since.
He has made progressively fewer appearances in every season since his return from loan, but still managed 27 games last season. Having featured in all four of Chelsea’s games so far this term – including the Super Cup – he could be on course to reverse that trend.
The centre-back does not yet want to say whether it will earn him a contract extension, but he is hopeful.
“I know a lot is being said right now. I can not say too much, but I think it looks good,” he said of the situation.
“We have won the Champions League and the Super Cup.
“I am very happy to be at this club and feel Chelsea are the right place to be in England.”