A tall, ball-playing centre-back, Andreas Christensen joined Chelsea’s Academy as a teenager and has graduated to become a valued member of the senior squad.
He possesses composure on and off the ball, physical strength, aerial ability and awareness in equal measures, making him an all-rounder who has shown himself to be an accomplished full-back and defensive midfielder, in addition to his more familiar role at centre-back.
Christensen spent eight years at Brondby before joining Chelsea ahead of many other suitors before the 2012/13 campaign. He wasted little time in displaying his composure and assuredness at the heart of defence for our youth team, impressing enough to earn himself an Under-21s debut before Christmas; however it was in the FA Youth Cup where he most grabbed attention.
He scored the first goal in the fourth round at the Valley to inspire a fightback against Charlton after the Under-18s had fallen 2-0 behind, and played in all but two of the ties en route to the final. His total of 11 Under-21s appearances for the season underlined a level of maturity in his play beyond his years, and he made his European debut in the NextGen Series for our Under-19s in a defensive midfield role against Ajax in December 2012.
Christensen’s impressive first campaign earned him a spot on the bench for the final game of the season against Everton and, while he didn’t enter the fray to make a senior appearance, he was involved in a post-season tour to the USA.
After signing a professional contract in the summer, he spent 2013/14 working predominantly with Dermot Drummy’s Under-21s group, featuring on 25 occasions as they topped the table and then won the league play-offs. He scored his first Under-21s goal in a 2-1 win over Manchester City in October and started every FA Youth Cup tie from the fifth round onwards as Adi Viveash’s youngsters won a memorable final against Fulham.
Having played throughout the senior squad's pre-season, he was named as a member of Jose Mourinho's squad for the 2014/15 campaign and made his Chelsea debut in our fourth-round Capital One Cup victory at Shrewsbury (below), playing the full 90 minutes at right-back and performed a similar role in the FA Cup fourth round against Bradford. Christensen was also part of the Under-19s side which won the UEFA Youth League in April 2015 and he had his first taste of Premier League football as a late sub against Sunderland at the end of the season.
Christensen was part of the squad which travelled to China and Singapore in the summer of 2017 and he came on as a second-half substitute in our first game against Arsenal before starting the second versus Bayern Munich.
Suspension and injury to David Luiz meant that before long he had established himself in the heart of our defence, impressing with his composure and positioning as we racked up plenty of clean sheets in November, December and January.
He continued to be a mainstay of the defence until the final weeks of the season, gaining valuable experience against some of the top teams in England and Europe. His efforts were recognised at the end-of-season awards when he was named Chelsea's Young Player of the Year after a wonderful breakthrough campaign for the Dane.
With David Luiz and Toni Rudiger establishing a central-defensive partnership in new manager Maurizio Sarri's favoured 4-3-3 formation, Christensen's involvement during 2018/19 largely came in the domestic cup competitions, and the Europa League. He was an ever-present (with 15 appearances out of 15) as we lifted that trophy with a big win over Arsenal in the final. Christensen's assured touch and bravery in defence had helped keep out the Gunners. In all competitions he played 29 times for us.
Despite the fierce competition for places at centre-back, as Cesar Azpilicueta’s near-constant presence as captain meant that even in a back three there were four players vying for two spots in the side, Christensen enjoyed some long spells in Frank Lampard’s line-up.
That was particularly true in the early stages of the campaign, starting all but one of Chelsea’s Premier League and Champions League fixtures during the first two months of the season. With Antonio Rudiger ruled out through injury, Christensen became Lampard’s first choice at the back, forming a comfortable partnership with first Kurt Zouma and later Fikayo Tomori.
However, an untimely injury forced the Dane to miss November and on his return he had to be patient for his return to the starting XI, especially with Rudiger also back in contention. It was after an excellent performance in the FA Cup against Nottingham Forest that he secured his place as Rudiger’s partner, continuing in that role despite a broken nose forcing him to play wearing a protective mask in a memorable derby win over Tottenham (below). He retained that spot following the break in the season during the coronavirus pandemic, but a dip in form in July saw him on the bench for the closing stages of the campaign.
Christensen started the opening game of the season, at Brighton, but in the second, against Liverpool, he was sent off for a last-man foul in added time at the end of the first half. We conceded three goals in each of his next two league appearances and from then on Frank Lampard favoured Thiago Silva and either Kurt Zouma or Toni Rudiger in the heart of defence.
An injury to Thiago Silva midway through the first half of Tuchel’s third game in charge, at Tottenham, gave Christensen his chance. It was one he seized with both hands. After comfortably keeping Spurs at bay, Christensen started 11 of our next 13 league fixtures, with nine ending in clean sheets. He was especially outstanding against Manchester United, completing all 77 of his passes, and at Anfield, registering a game-high nine clearances as we kept the champions at bay.
Christensen was also exemplary as our European exploits stepped up a notch, keeping Atletico and Porto quiet away from home, and limiting Real Madrid to very few chances in both legs of the semi-final. The 25-year-old’s composure in possession, reading of the game and recovery speed was being was earning praise from far and wide, so it was a real shame when he picked up a tendon injury during our win at Manchester City with just a few weeks of the season remaining.
He missed the FA Cup final but was back on the bench for the final league fixture and the season finale in Porto. Just as in his first appearance under Tuchel, he was brought on for the injured Thiago Silva in the first half. We took the lead shortly afterwards and then Christensen helped lead a magnificent rearguard showing to protect that advantage in the second half. Despite his late introduction, no Blues player made more interceptions than him, and only Reece James bettered his four clearances. He became the first player to have won the UEFA Youth League, the Europa League and the Champions League.
It was announced on 10 July 2015 that he would spend a year on loan in Germany, gaining experience with Bundesliga club Borussia Monchengladbach.
In December 2015 Christensen won the 2015 Danish Talent of the Year award, which is given to the most promising Danish talent in their domestic league or abroad, who is under the age of 22 at the time of voting. The youngster was rewarded having established himself as a regular in the Monchengladbach side and earned senior international recognition for Denmark. In February 2016 he scored his first two Bundesliga goals in a big win over a Werder Bremen side featuring another Chelsea loanee, Papy Djilobodji.
He finished a highly successful season in German having made 39 appearances and scored three goals, helping his loan club qualify for the following season’s Champions League with a fourth-place finish in the Bundesliga, having competed in the European competition in 2015/16 with Manchester City, Juventus and Sevilla the opponents in a tough group stage.
In June 2016, Christensen comfortably won a vote of Gladbach supporters to decide their team's Player of the Season and he spent 2016/17 on loan there too. It was a campaign in which the German side failed to match the heights of 2015/16, but the young Dane remained a major player for them and continued to impress both defensively and with his quality on the ball. Christensen gained further Champions League experience in group games against Man City and Barcelona and ended the season having made 43 appearances and scored four goals, two of which came in the Bundesliga and two in the Europa League.
Christensen represented Denmark at Under-16, Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level prior to becoming a full international, making his Under-21 debut at just 17 years old. In October 2014, he helped his nation qualify for the Under-21 European Championships in 2015 after a two-legged play-off success against Iceland. Ahead of participation in that tournament, he was elevated into the senior squad and made his debut for the full Denmark side on 8 June 2015, coming on in the second half of a home friendly win over Montenegro. That was quickly followed by four matches at the European Under-21 Championship finals where Denmark made the semi-finals.
Christensen earned further full Denmark caps in 2016, including his first start, although his nation lost a Euro 2016 qualification play-off with Sweden with the young player an unused sub. His form for Monchengladbach during the 2016/17 season meant he gained further senior recogniton for Denmark, and he played in his country's successful 2018 World Cup play-off tie against the Republic of Ireland, helping force the crucial first goal in a handsome win in Dublin.
Christensen started every game at the 2018 World Cup for Denmark as they reached the last-16, where they were beaten on penalties by Croatia. On a personal note, the youngster enjoyed a fine tournament and started every game, with his versatility meaning he also played a deep midfield role at times as well as performing in central defence.
He returned to the defence after the World Cup, making that position his own with his partnership at the back alongside Simon Kjaer being key to their qualification for Euro 2020 and impressive performance at the tournament itself. Christensen, who started every game at the Euros, was one of the Denmark players shocked by the collapse of team-mate Christian Eriksen in their opening game, but rallied to progress from their group and reach the last four, with the Chelsea defender scoring one of the goals of the tournament with powerful long-range effort in a 4-1 win over Russia.
- 17 APPEARANCES
- 1371 MINUTES PLAYED
- 15 GAMES STARTED
- 0 GOALS
0 ASSISTS 0 CROSSES 6 CHANCES CREATED
55%TACKLE SUCCESS 11 TOTAL TACKLES 6 TACKLES WON