“We want to be on the front foot” – Chelsea defender says his team are not defensive

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

back.

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.”

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