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Earlier today, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke during his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League game vs Southampton.

The Blues coach revealed his goals for the last part of the season and said he is not worried about the speculations on the name of next season’s manager: “My job is to work with these players and finish the season as strongly as possible. Conte said. “There is always speculation around our position, not only for me but for a lot of coaches. It’s our job. For me, the most important thing is to be focused on Chelsea and finish in the best possible way. We want to improve our position. It’s difficult and we know that, but at the same time we have to give everything to get points and then to see what happens at the end of the season. It will be very difficult to reduce this gap, but we must try to do this until the end of the season.”

During his press conference Conte also spoke about Drinkwater and Christensen: “Danny is having an unlucky season,” Conte said. “He started this season with a problem in his calf, then he continued to have problems. Now he is struggling with a problem in the groin. We are talking about a good midfielder, a good player. I trust him.”

“We are talking about a young player.” – then the Blues manager went on about Christensen. “For him it is the first season playing at this level. Playing at this level means you lose a lot of mental energy. It could be that he is a bit tired in this respect. At the same time, to have the possibility to play Gary Cahill is right. We are talking about an important player not only for Chelsea, but also for the national team. I have this opportunity to make rotations, especially in the defensive line. When I see some situations, I try to change something. For sure Christensen can contribute in the last few weeks of the season. I have four central defenders at the moment. From now until the end I will make rotations and give everyone the possibility to play.”

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Andreas Christensen struggled with good performances in recent times following a positive start to the season with Chelsea, under Antonio Conte’s management.

The Denmark international, speaking to Chelsea’s official website, also praised the Italian boss, who’ been svital in helping him through this difficult time: “It helps when you’ve got good team-mates who take care of you and a manager who believes in you” Christensen said.

“That’s only made things more comfortable for me, and now I want to progress even more.”

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Andreas Christensen admitted he is ‘happy with the overall season’ at Chelsea despite his defensive mistake in Champions League clash against Barcelona.

“It’s easy to just look at the recent games – Christensen told Chelsea’s official website – But I try to remember I played probably 25-30 games with no mistakes at all before that. Everyone knows you can’t go through a whole season not making a mistake, as a defender – it’s impossible”. 

“That’s the bad part about our job – when there’s a goal, there’s a good chance you’re the one getting pointed at, but you still have to take responsibility next time you get the ball and do what’s best for the team”.

The Denmark international also praised manager Antonio Conte, who’s been vital in helping him through this difficult time: “It helps when you’ve got good team-mates who take care of you and a manager who believes in you. That’s only made things more comfortable for me, and now I want to progress even more.”

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Danish defender Andreas Christensen has made some mistakes in recent Chelsea‘s games and he was left outside the Starting XI on Sunday at Stamford Bridge vs West Ham.

However, the Blues player believes he has been having a good season so far: “It has been a difficult time recently,” Christensen said in Chelsea’s matchday programme for Sunday’s game against West Ham. “But I’m happy with the overall season. It’s easy to just look at the recent games, but I try to remember I played probably 25-30 games with no mistakes at all before that. Everyone knows you can’t go through a whole season not making a mistake, as a defender – it’s impossible. That’s the bad part about our job – when there’s a goal, there’s a good chance you’re the one getting pointed at, but you still have to take responsibility next time you get the ball and do what’s best for the team.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed both Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and defender Andreas Christensen are still in doubt ahead of Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge.

Conte told journalists: “We have to check on a couple of situations in Courtois and Christensen. We will see what their physical condition is and if they are able to play on Sunday against Tottenham. At the moment, it’s very difficult to tell you with accuracy which is my choice for Sunday. We have to check these situations first”.

“I have to wait three days before making the best decisions for the team on Sunday. For sure now, we have two problems in Courtois and Christensen that we have to check but the most important thing is to have the right physical condition to play a good game. I have to make this decision”.

Antonio Conte had his say also on David Luiz and youngster Ethan Ampadu, who recently suffered a broken ankle with Chelsea’s development squad. “David Luiz is out, at least for around another three weeks” said Conte. “He’s recovering from a problem in his knee. The solution would be to play Cahill in the middle but we will try to recover Christensen. Ampadu is injured and unavailable for the rest of the season”.

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Chelsea's Andreas Christensen during UEFA Champions League - Group C match between Chelsea and FK Qarabag at Stanford Bridge, London 12 Sept 2017

Chelsea have been handed a huge blow with the news Andreas Christensen has been sent home from international duty with Denmark after appearing tired and not up to full fitness.

The former Borussia Monchengladbach defender one of the first names on Antonio Conte’s teamsheet, and with huge games coming up for Chelsea in the next few weeks, the club will want him back fit as soon as possible.

“Andreas Christensen has been sent home to London,” said Denmark coach Age Hareide.

“We do not want to take any risks with him.

“We have called up Peter Ankersen and Lasse Nielsen, so we are adequately covered in defence.

“I cannot say exactly what is wrong with Christensen, but it is a little fatigue.”

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Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen admitted he sought John Terry‘s advice after his mistakes vs Barcelona in the Champions League last 16.

I try to keep it inside the club and not bring it home with me,” Christensen told Eurosport in Denmark. “My team-mates have also seen all my other performances, so they know that these mistakes aren’t typical for me. I have had a smaller talk with John Terry, he has also experienced setbacks, and it is always nice to talk to someone watching it from the outside and to learn that they have experienced the same. He told me that it is natural to make mistakes. And he tried to put it in perspective for me saying that if a forward misses a chance he can make it good again by scoring when he gets the next opportunity, but we can’t change a goal scored against us. So when we make mistakes it is more crucial and it is easy to point fingers at. I have realized it, looked at it and now I have moved on. It has been difficult to get out of. You are not doubting yourself, but you might get a bit more cautious in what you do, and that can make things even worse. So it is difficult to get out of it; move on from. I’ve been annoyed at myself, and that is difficult to get rid of – especially when there is a week between the matches, because then you have a whole week to think about it. You just want to move on to the next match so that you can play a match without mistakes. I can’t avoid making mistakes, but in some games the mistakes have been decisive, so now I am just waiting for the next games to come, so I can prove that the mistakes aren’t typical for me. I thought about it after making two mistakes in two matches, that I might be out of the next one. But I try to tell myself that before these matches I have played all the other ones almost with no mistakes at all. I hope that is the reason that I get to start, because he knows that – besides the last couple of matches – he can trust me, I haven’t made any mistakes, but been very solid for a long period. I am focusing on all the good games I have played this season.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says he is happy to work with youngsters and to build the Blues’ future with them.

As you can see, we are working a lot also with, for example, Ampadu. He’s only 17 years old. Christensen is only 21 years old. There are also [Tiemoue] Bakayoko, who is only 23; [Davide] Zappacosta is only 25″. Conte said. “We took a lot of young players. With Christensen, we are trying to develop the young players of the academy. I think we are doing a fantastic job. We are trying to build something important with work – not with words or money.”

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For the second consecutive time, Chelsea ended a game with a goalless draw.

For this reason, the Blues manager, Antonio Conte, even if satisfied with some aspects of his team’s performance, believes Chelsea must improve in the situations when they can score a goal.

For sure I think it would be better to win the game, also 1-0. The positive things were that we didn’t concede and when you play a semi-final with two legs and not concede at home can be important. We tried to win, shot 20 times, created chances but couldn’t take them. In the last period we must be more clinical, if you don’t score the game can finish in a draw. After Norwich it is the second 0-0 in a row. We have to improve on the training pitch in this situation.” Conte said, “You must be worried if you don’t create and it is difficult not to score. Every game we create chances, this season we might be a bit unlucky, but haven’t taken the chances. The speech is not for the strikers, Christensen had two fantastic chances to score. It is not just the strikers, you have to take chances. The semi-final it is important to take your chances”

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Chelsea's Andreas Christensen during UEFA Champions League - Group C match between Chelsea and FK Qarabag at Stanford Bridge, London 12 Sept 2017

Denmark international Andreas Christensen’s impressive performances for Chelsea this season were rewarded with a new long-term contract at the Blues that was signed today.

The 21-year-old player– who entered Chelsea academy when he was 15 – has signed a new four-and-a-half year contract.

So far in this campaign he replaced David Luiz as a first choice central defender following some fine displays since returning to London after a two-season-loan at Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach.

“It feels really good to sign a new contract and I’m just happy to be committed to Chelsea for the future,” Christensen told the club official website.

“I’ve played a lot of games (22 in all competitions), I’m enjoying it at the club and everything is working well.”

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said the contract was a tribute to Christensen’s latest performances:

This contract is reward for the excellent form Andreas has shown in the first half of the season,” she said.

“He showed immense potential when he signed for Chelsea in 2012 and is now enjoying the benefits of the dedication and professionalism he has shown since.

“After two seasons on loan in Germany we were convinced he was ready to be a part of the squad this season and he has grasped the opportunity with both hands.”

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