Antonio Conte told 21-year-old Chelsea star can’t be dropped
The Chelsea legend believes Andreas Christensen deserves to keep his place in Antonio Conte's team
Antonio Conte can’t justify dropping Andreas Christensen from the Chelsea team after his performance against Manchester United, Pat Nevin has claimed.
The 21-year-old was named in Chelsea’s starting line-up ahead of David Luiz for the visit of second-placed Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
The Denmark international managed to keep Romelu Lukaku under wraps with an assured performance in Chelsea’s 1-0 win against their title rivals.
Christensen has made seven appearances in the Premier League for the title holders this season to make an impact on Antonio Conte’s squad.
Chelsea have conceded 13 goals in their last seven games in all competitions to suggest a defensive shake-up is required at the west London side.
Former Chelsea winger Nevin believes Christensen warrants a regular first-team place following his excellent performance against one of the Premier League’s top strikers.
“The other part of that core which must be applauded right away is of course Andreas Christensen,” Nevin told Chelsea’s website.
“A more assured confident and mature performance you will rarely see from a 21-year-old defender.
“He has played well when given his opportunities already this season but this was a level above and it makes it hard to imagine Antonio Conte leaving him out any time soon if he plays to anything like that level.”
Chelsea finished seven points clear of their closest title challengers Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League title race last season.
The Blues signed six players in the summer transfer window to revamp their squad ahead of a return to the Champions League.
The title holders have already lost to Burnley, Crystal Palace and Manchester City in the 2017-18 season so far.