Andreas Christensen’s exclusion from Chelsea’s starting eleven raised quite a few eyebrows, given the fact that he has consistently bettered himself with each passing match. His performances in recent weeks against Manchester United and Everton drew plaudits from far and wide, including his display in the first leg victory.
However, he will not be present to face Atletico Madrid in the crucial 2nd leg tie. Instead, Kurt Zouma will take his place in a back-three formation alongside Antonio Rudiger and Azpilicueta.
The big Dane will miss the match due to being unwell, as confirmed by chelseafc.com.
Speaking to the press right before the match, when asked about the defender’s condition, Tuchel said:
“Andreas is unfortunately ill, overnight. No need to panic, no corona. We have a negative test for him but he he got ill with a little bit of fever and does not feel good.”
He has been instrumental in maintaining a solid defensive structure in Tuchel’s newly found success with a back three.
Christensen will sit out alongside four other key players for Tuchel, who are out due to either injuries or suspension.
His absence will prove to be vital in a match that will look to nullify Atletico’s fiery attacking line-up with Saul, Felix, Suarez and Carrasco.