Chelsea FC ready to be ‘horrible’ to reach Champions League final, says Andreas Christensen

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Andreas Christensen has warned Real Madrid they are in for a ‘horrible night’ as Chelsea aim to book their place in the Champions League final.

The Dane has opened up on the secret to Thomas Tuchel’s success at Stamford Bridge – revealing he orders his players to annoy the life out of their opponents.

It has had the desired effect so far, with Chelsea up to fourth in the Premier League, through to the FA Cup final and 90 minutes away from an all-English clash with Manchester City to be crowned champions of Europe.

Key to Tuchel’s success has been his side’s incredible defensive record, which has seen them keep 18 clean sheets in 23 games since he arrived in the dugout.

Christensen said: “When we don’t have the ball, we try to be an annoying and horrible team to play against. As soon as we get the ball, we want to play football. That’s our style.

“That’s the players that we have and I think it fits us quite well.”

The centre back, who has been outstanding since Tuchel arrived, also revealed Chelsea are prepared to use the dark arts to overcome opponents – intimating that tactical fouling is another part of their strategy.

“It is well-structured, a lot of discipline involved, especially when we don’t have the ball,” he said. “We just want to bring a lot of energy, we can’t let them breathe too much.

“Bring a lot of energy, make the fouls that are needed and as soon as we get the ball, we either take it calm or take quick decisions, play direct – we just want to hurt teams.”

Christensen joined Chelsea in the summer of 2012, just after they had won the Champions League for the first time.

Now he wants to join those legends like Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba by lifting the trophy again.

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“It is just something we really want to try to win and I think that’s why we all play football for these big trophies,” he said. “I knew already that I was going to go to Chelsea when they won it and I followed it very, very closely.

“At that time, you hoped to do it. That hope is still there and I want to try to do it. I think everyone at the club wants to be part of its history.

“We know how much it means for the club and we will try to do everything to play our game, like we did in the first game. At the same time, we know it is very difficult because we already have a cup final and we are fighting for the top four.

“Every game at the moment is very tough and means a lot. It could help us in the situation as it is.”

Eden Hazard could start for Real tonight on his first return to Stamford Bridge since leaving for the Bernabeu in 2019.

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Christensen added: “I think everyone at this club only has good things to say about Eden, a lot of praise.

“It hasn’t changed and we know what he has done for this club. Yes, he is probably going to be a big factor again.

“He has always been a player that brings a lot of happiness and good mood on the pitch. If he has that you will see his quality as well.”

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