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Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has given an insight into how Thomas Tuchel is helping his team get back on track.
Tuchel is tasked with bringing Chelsea back to the table after replacing Frank Lampard as coach last month.
It seems to be having the desired effect so far. Tuchel has already elevated Chelsea to the top four after winning five of their six matches in all competitions thus far.
Christensen he has been one of the players who has seen the first benefits of the arrival of Tuchel. He has started the last three games in a row after entering as a substitute in the previous one.
Reaping the rewards of faith shown by his new boss, the Denmark international has been singing Tuchel’s praises.
“We had a little dip. But I think when the group came together we had a goal, “Christensen said. Chelsea Official Website.
“It’s not just about being in the top three or the top four. We just wanted to get back on track and we knew that if we did it, anything was possible.
“At the moment we are getting the victories. We may not play nice football for 90 minutes, but we are succeeding.
“Manchester City is flying at the moment. But again now we’re in the top four, obviously we want to stay there and make sure we play the Champions League again.
“I’ve played four games in a row now, it’s been a while since I did that.
“All the manager says is just be comfortable. If you don’t need to play the ball, you don’t have to. Wait for someone to come and take the ball, don’t make last-second decisions, know what you are going to do and make it happen.
“He basically told us to be comfortable. To believe in ourselves. “
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Christensen admits that his teammate should be more confident now that he’s got that out of his mind.
“Yeah, maybe Timo needed that,” he said. “He always works hard and I think the team appreciates him. That’s all we ask of you and keep going.
“But I think that for him personally it was more important to get his goal and keep scoring.
“Sooner or later it was going to happen. Even the amount of opportunities he has, he always shows up in the right places, so we knew he was going to get opportunities, it was only a matter of time. Hopefully this was just the beginning. “
Christensen is also pleased by Kepa
Another player whose confidence could grow with Tuchel is goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who was eliminated by Lampard on several occasions.
Kepa started against Newcastle in his first league appearance since October and kept a clean sheet.
Christensen also praised the performance of the man playing behind him.
“I think he made a couple of good saves against Newcastle,” he said. “That was important for his self-esteem and also for the group.
“It was nice to see him there. We felt comfortable, although I think we need him twice in the second half.”
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