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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 (Photo by Kieran Galvin/NurPhoto)

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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Danish defender Andreas Christensen commented on Chelsea‘s official website yesterday’s draw at Emirates Stadium vs Arsenal in the first Premier League game of 2018 for Antonio Conte‘s side.

From an outside perspective it was a crazy game, I think the players involved would have wanted it to be a bit more calm and at our own tempo but that’s how it was,” – Christensen said – “We were 1-0 down to begin with so to turn it around and go 2-1 up we were super happy about that, but in the end they got the goal. In the changing room we were happy with our performance, and the way we reacted, but we were a little bit disappointed that they got the goal.

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Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has reflected on his positive passing percentage, as the Denmark international reached a 93.8% pass completion rate in the Premier League and 95.9% in the Champions League so far.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Christensen said: “It all depends on what type of game it is and recently we’ve played against a lot of sides who have sat deep, so the only option has been for me to play the ball to the sides”.

“I don’t focus too much on statistics, I just like to focus on what’s best for my team in certain situations. Sometimes it can look easy when you play a simple pass but, when possible, I like to try to play the ball forward”.

“Also, I’m the last man so it’s important I don’t try to be ridiculously brave, I have to be careful. Sometimes keeping it simple and just moving the ball helps the team build a good rhythm, that’s my job and then I can focus on my defensive work as well”.

 

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Chelsea defender and captain Gary Cahill has praised his teammate Andreas Christensen, who’s currently replacing David Luiz in the centre of defense, alongside the England international and Cesar Azpilicueta.

Cahill told BT Sports“At this football club, you don’t get given gifts, you don’t get given time to play if you’re not good enough. He’s proven that he’s more than capable. He’s growing stronger and stronger every game he plays. It’s natural as well, you get more belief and more confidence from his performances. He’s proven to be a very good footballer”.

“You don’t have to worry every two minutes what he’s doing or what he’s up to or telling him to go here or go there. And that’s a worrying factor. I think it’s one of the positives things you don’t have to do. You feel you can leave him to play his own game. He’s a very good footballer and he can only improve.”

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When, after 79 minutes, yesterday evening Ethan Ampadu replaced Andreas Christensen at John Smith Stadium, the youngster wrote an historic page in Chelsea history.

Ampadu is the first Blues player born in the new millennium who play in a Chelsea’s Premier League game.

Ampadu is Chelsea’s second-youngest ever Premier League player, behind Jody Morris, who made his top-flight debut aged 17 years and 43 days in 1996.

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Chelsea didn’t conced goals for two consecutive games in the last few days beating 4-0 both West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League and Qarabag in the Champions League.

David Luiz was back in action Wednesday night and the Blues captain believes Gary Cahill believes his presence has a good effect in particular on a player, Andreas Christensen: “David came back in and performed well,” -Cahill said. – “Andreas is a younger version of him if you like. I feel like David can offer Andreas a lot of help in his progression. He has been there and done it at the top, top level, he has won many trophies. David is a very experienced defender and Andreas’ attributes are very similar. I feel that he [Luiz] can advise him tremendously and he has done up until now.”

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Chelsea secure three points at The Hawthorns after a superb display with Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata on fire.

The Belgian star scores a brace, while the Spaniard scores the opener at 16′  and offers a super assist to his team-mate for his first goal at 23′, while Marcos Alonso marks his presence on the score-sheet with a gem at 38′.

Not even ten minutes in the second half and Eden Hazard scores the 4th and definitive goal, while WBA can regret to have not taken the chance to overcome the Blues in the first fifteen minutes of the first half, when they outplayed their rivals and even scored a goal, who was disallowed for offside.

After Morata’s opener it was Chelsea to control the game, with the Baggies trying to score at least one goal to re-open the game but stopped by a great Blues display in defence, with Andreas Christensen again impressing while David Luiz was left again on the bench by Antonio Conte.

Now Chelsea are second in the table with 25 points, 8 behind Man City still leading the Premier League table with 33 after winning 2-0 at Leicester today.

Should Manchester United win against Newcastle tonight ( kickoff at 5.30 pm GMT) and reach 25 points, the Blues will slip to third place.

 

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WEST BROMWICH ALBION – Foster; McAuley, Hegazy, Evans (c), Phillips, Krychowiak, Barry, Livermore, Gibbs, Rondon, Rodriguez

Subs: Myhill, Nyom, Robson-Kanu, Yacob, Brunt, McClean, Burke.

Manager: Tony Pulis

CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata

Subs: Caballero, Rudigrer, David Luiz, Drinkwater, Ampadu, Pedro, Willian.

Manager: Antonio Conte

 

Referee: Jon Moss

Venue: The Hawthorns, Birmingham, England

Kick Off: 3 pm GMT

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