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Andreas Christensen: Our display merited more

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Andreas Christensen is confident the Chelsea side can overturn a 1-0 deficit from last night’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Tottenham when the teams meet again at Stamford Bridge in a couple of weeks.

The Blues were beaten by a first-half Harry Kane penalty at Wembley, but deserved more from the game having been the better team throughout.

Both N’Golo Kante and Callum Hudson-Odoi struck the woodwork in the first half and, aside from the goal, Tottenham offered little attacking threat, with Christensen and Toni Rudiger largely comfortable over the course of the game.

‘It was a tough result,’ said the Danish defender, who started ahead of David Luiz last night. ‘I felt as though, especially in the second half, we had a good spell in the game.

‘We played good and had chances, and we probably feel as though we should have at least got a draw from it.’

The decisive penalty was awarded after Kane was brought down by Kepa Arrizabalaga, but the Tottenham striker initially appeared to have been flagged for offside. After both incidents were checked by VAR, however, the spot kick was awarded, and Christensen provided his thoughts on the matter.

‘I think it was a difficult one because when the flag goes up you think it’s offside, but at the same time they said to us they had to check it, because if it wasn’t offside then it was a penalty, so it was a difficult one,’ he explained. ‘It was shown to be offside having seen it now but we can’t do anything about it.’

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The tie is delicately poised ahead of the return at the Bridge on Thursday 24 January, when Maurizio Sarri’s side will be roared on by a passionate home support under the lights.

‘After we went 1-0 down it was good that we didn’t just think it was over, we kept going and we knew we just had to stay in the game because it’s over two legs,’ Christensen added.

‘We’re still in it and we think we can decide the game at home.’


 

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