They say good things come to those who wait and that proved to be the case for Andreas Christensen, who netted his first Chelsea goal in his 137th appearance for the club in our win over Malmo.
The Chelsea Academy graduate scored the opener in our 4-0 win against Malmo in the Champions League last night, volleying home Thiago Silva’s cross in the ninth minute before further goals from Jorginho (two) and Kai Havertz secured a big European victory.
Almost a decade has passed since the Dane arrived at Cobham aged just 16 and, after netting his first goal in Chelsea blue to become our 14th different scorer of the season, he was on hand to speak about his dream night and the ‘proud moment’ of scoring in front of the Shed End.
‘It was a proud moment, a big moment,’ Christensen said, smiling. ‘I have waited nine years for this and now it has happened. It was a very nice moment for me personally, but it wouldn’t have been worth it if we didn’t win, so that's the most pleasing.
‘I am very happy for my goal. Hopefully it doesn’t take that long again to add a second!'
The Danish international also has 42 clean sheets to his name in his last 52 competitive appearances for club and country, including last night’s victory. Starting in central defence alongside Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger, the trio limited Malmo to just two shots, with Edouard Mendy not having to make a single save.
‘It was very important for us to do things right today, staying in the group and it was a big step for us,’ Christensen added.
‘I know a few of the [Malmo] players, and I know they have quality. They have a certain way of playing and we know that, we tried to expose that today.
‘We know how they are used to not having the ball all the time and they have the quality to do it. I think we showed quality today.
‘Overall it was a good game from us and it was important just to do things right for the whole game.’