Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has revealed that manager Antonio Conte is training him in each defensive position to make him more of a complete player.
The 21-year-old is desperate for more playing time at the Blues this term, as he returned to the club from an impressive two-year loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach.
Christensen has made three Premier League starts for the Blues this season – against Tottenham, Stoke City and Manchester City – and has only seemed better and better each and every time on the pitch.
Conte has played Christensen as David Luiz’s main back-up for the past weeks following the Brazilian’s red card and three-game ban against Arsenal. Luiz’s suspension has now finished though, and Conte will have a big decision to make with his defensive trio ahead of Chelsea’s visit to Crystal Palace next week.
Christensen believes that his good performances, especially against Man City, will eventually earn him more playing time for the Blues.
“I’m happy for the matches I’ve got, and I think I’ve shown myself as well as I could. It may seem like I play [in one position], but at training I have also trained on the other two places, so if I need it, I will not think twice about jumping in there.
“I can use it for something, and I hope it [Man City performance] can help give me more playing time ahead. But the result was not very good, so it’s only the positive I can take with it.”
The 21-year-old also claims that after a very demanding start to the season, the players are finally starting to ‘find their legs’ and show what they’re made of.
“We have played seven matches in 21 days, so it has been hard. Conte started before it was time to say that if anyone thought they could play all seven matches, there was something wrong with them.
“He made a great effort to rotate, and he has done that too. But I think we have found our legs and know what to do.”