Andreas Christensen is backing the Chelsea squad to respond positively following Saturday’s defeat to Burnley at Stamford Bridge.
A harsh red card for Gary Cahill in the 14th minute led to a tactical reshuffle and Christensen replacing Jeremie Boga for his fourth senior appearance in a Blues shirt, and first since the final day of the 2014/15 campaign following two seasons on loan in the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach.
The 21-year-old was pragmatic about a disappointing opening period against the Clarets, which was no doubt affected by referee Craig Pawson’s decision to send our captain off.
Christensen is taking the positives from our improved display after the break, when the Blues came close to staging a fine comeback, despite being reduced to nine men when Cesc Fabregas was shown a second yellow card with nine minutes plus stoppage time remaining.
‘On the pitch you don’t really think about it,’ said Christensen about the first dismissal. ‘You just get on with it and keep battling back, like we did in the second half.
‘I think everyone knows what happened. We have to pick ourselves up and look forward to the next game.
‘We could have taken something from this match. When we got the first goal, the belief grew and you could feel it in the stadium as well. The noise and everything just went to another level and we could have got something.
‘We’re proud of our second half, we fought well and we know we had made it difficult for ourselves in the first half. I think everyone is quite clear what happened and now we are just looking forward.
‘We have to fight the same way. Be clever, play our type of football again and I’m sure everybody is looking forward to Tottenham next week.’