Chelsea’s defensive solidity was on display yet again on Sunday as they shut out Manchester United in a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge. The Blues were much better in the second half, but missed a few chances to take all three points and reduce the gap with their opponents in the table.
Chelsea have now registered seven clean sheets from nine games in all competitions under Thomas Tuchel. Although the Blues earned a vital point, they have struggled in their last two games to score goals against their opponents. Christensen, who has been enjoying a good run in the team following Thiago Silva’s injury put in a solid performance alongside Antonio Rudiger to earn a clean sheet for this team.
Speaking after the game the Denmark international admitted Chelsea were frustrated with the draw, and said “It was a good point but at the same time we’re frustrated to walk away without a win, especially after the second half.“
“We’re glad to have a clean sheet and a good point but we wanted to win. We started well in the first half and then after probably 15 minutes they took over and had most of the play.”
“We know they have qualities so we had to be careful how many players we put forward. We didn’t want to risk having to chase the rest of the game so it’s a difficult balance. They weren’t dangerous but they took over so we tried to change something at half-time and it worked well.“
“We got dangerous a couple of times and they had a great save but we probably deserved a goal. We felt quite good and comfortable. We had the chances but didn’t do enough to be dangerous even though it was a tough game.“
“We didn’t take care of the ball enough. Every time we got the ball, I wouldn’t say we stressed but we sometimes went forward too quick so we didn’t have the ball enough and got a lot of running done.”
“Whereas in the second half, we got better on the ball, played our game and got dangerous a couple of times.“
On Tuchel’s impact
Christensen admitted Chelsea have improved since Tuchel’s arrival, but insisted there are tougher tests ahead for the Blues as they try to finish in the top four. The Chelsea defender added “We’re still learning but every day it’s getting better and we get new ideas on board.“
“We’re enjoying it and we’re in good form so it’s about going into every game trying not to let that form drop and to keep winning.”
“For me personally, I’m playing games back-to-back and I haven’t had that for a while so it’s great for me. We have to chase the top four together and we have to win these games to do that. Now we have three more difficult games in a row but nothing changes for us – we go into every game trying to win.”