Chelsea’s 21-year-old centre-back Andreas Christensen came in for some heavy criticism this week, after his error gifted Barcelona the equalising goal in the club’s Champions League last 16 first leg encounter at Stamford Bridge.
However, speaking ahead of his sides crunch Premier League clash away to Manchester United tomorrow, Blues manager Antonio Conte was quick to praise the young defender, and even claimed he see’s him as a future captain of the club.
“Personally I forgot this mistake. Also for him.
“When you are a player, you can make a lot of mistakes in your career. If I had to talk about all the mistakes I made in my career, we’d have to be here for one day. It doesn’t matter.
“Christensen is having a fantastic season and showing great maturity. For me, apart from the mistake, his performance was great, was wonderful.
“I have a lot of trust in Christensen. This player is a player for the present for Chelsea, and for Chelsea’s future for 10 or 12 years.
“He can also become the captain of this team in the future.” said Conte.
Despite his mistake against Barca, Christensen has impressed this season with his pace, composure and excellent reading of the game for one so young.
He returned to Stamford Bridge this summer after spending two seasons on loan with Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach, and has become a fixture at the heart of Conte’s three man defence.