CHRISTENSEN: GREAT EXPERIENCE
After making his debut in the 4-3 friendly defeat against Manchester City in the US, Andreas Christensen thanked his team-mates for their support.
Having never previously featured for the first team, going up against the likes of Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko could be seen as a baptism of fire, but Christensen more than held his own.
'It was a great experience,' he tells the official Chelsea website. 'I was playing against top players and it was a good learning curve.
'My team-mates gave me a lot of support and helped me a lot because they have so much experience. Gary Cahill's a good player; he talked me through the game and was helping me a lot.
'The players have been great with me and made me feel part of the team, which is a big help. It was still tough, and I have a long way to go, but I felt I did okay.'
The 17-year-old wasn't the only new face on show, with his Academy team-mate Ruben Loftus-Cheek also making his Blues debut.
The young midfielder impressed throughout up until his withdrawal late in the game, and Christensen was pleased to have a familiar face in the starting line-up.
'Having Ruben making his debut as well helped me as I wasn't the only one, and he did very well,' says the Dane.
'It's given us a taste of playing against the best players and hopefully if we work hard we will get more opportunities.'