Chelsea are not a defensive team, according to a player positioned at the heart of the backline.
Andreas Christensen was speaking after their 1-0 defeat to Manchester City on the weekend.
This game however, Chelsea were penned back for
the majority of the game and really struggled to play
out from the back due to Manchester City’s intensive
high press and hunting in packs to retrieve the ball
This isn’t a normal look for Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea
though and they certainly cannot be described as a defensive team.
This was just one of those games to write off, and
Christensen wants Chelsea to immediately get back
to being a team that plays on the front foot and attacking.
The Danish international has been in fantastic form
of late, and although he defended his heart out
against City at the weekend, as he explains here,
Chelsea are not a defensive team.
“It [Juventus] will be a tough game but it’s a great
opportunity to get back to playing football the way we
want to play, the way we see ourselves, playing on
the front foot again,” said Christensen.
“It’s a tough game but there’s no better way to recover
from a defeat than to beat another good team.
“I don’t think we see ourselves as a defensive team,” he added
“We’ve shown in other games we can play with a
back five or a back three with quality. We want to be
on the front foot.
“It was always going to be a tough game [vs Man
City]. We feel like we gave the first half away a little
bit and we got into the game too late. It felt like we
lacked a bit of everything, especially in the first half.
“As soon as we got on the ball in the first half, we had
no options really. We lacked a bit of intensity, energy
going forward, a bit of composure on the ball. We lacked what we usually have on the ball, so it was a
bit of everything and it’s disappointing but we’re looking forward.”