Andreas Christensen, from low cost signing to star

Andreas Christensen, from low cost signing to star

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The Danish defender has become key for Barcelona at the back this season

Without making a lot of noise but with effort and hard work, Andreas Christensen has been one of Barcelona’s best summer signings. The Danish defender arrived for for free and has become a key puzzle piece for Xavi Hernandez.

When his signing was announced it generated some scepticism among Barca fans, after the bigger names that came before him - Robert Lewandowski, Jules Kounde and Raphinha, for example.

Thomas Tuchel, his coach at Chelsea, highlighted a “nerves problem” ahead of big games. “He has his reasons, which are confidential, but it’s not the first time it’s happened, in recent weeks the situations have repeated. I don’t know the reason but he’s always very nervous.”

And Real Madrid signed Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea, who people said was better.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Christensen won the battle in the Super Cup, 99% precision on passing and won all his duels, summing up their performances this season.

While the German has not fit in at Madrid, Christensen has done so perfectly.

He has had one injury to his ankle and played 12 games, seven in the league, three in the Champions League and two in the Super Cup.

His good performances in recent games have convinced Xavi to back him hard.

He has his four - Balde, Christensen, Araujo and Kounde. All young, with years left at their peak.

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