Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has revealed that he knew on Friday that he would be playing against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The Dane, who has impressed when given the chance by Antonio Conte this campaign, replaced David Luiz in the starting XI for the victory over Jose Mourinho’s side.
With the Brazilian dropped from the squad and watching on from the sidelines, Christensen once again caught the eye with an impressive display up against the Red Devils.
Speaking in an interview in his home country, the 21-year-old has said that he had an inkling he would be handed a start given his role in training at Cobham.
“I played a training match this week and there was a sign that I would start, and it was confirmed last Friday, so I had a long time to prepare,” Christensen told bold.dk.
Following his performance against United, Christensen could well keep his place in the team when the Blues return to action at West Brom after the international break.
Conte, speaking after Sunday’s victory, said Luiz has to work hard in order to get back into the team.
“He has to work really hard otherwise they are on the bench or in the stand,” Conte told the BBC.
Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu Gets Wales Call
Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu has been called up by Wales manager Chris Coleman for the coming international break.
The next break of the 2017/18 campaign in November sees Wales face friendly ties against France and Panama. Wales travel to the Stade de France on November 10 before hosting Panama on November 14.
Having named his provisional squad there have since been changes. Gareth Bale has withdrawn from the squad following injury, and with Hal Robson-Kanu and Emry Huws already ruled out, Jonny Williams is also the latest casualty.
Replacing them in the squad are Barnsley’s Ryan Hedges, Tom Bradshaw and Lloyd Isgrove, whilst Wigan Athletic’s Lee Evans is also added to the group.