FC Barcelona: The crack was Christensen
C.when the closed transfer market last summer, the Bara He put on the table a list of incorporations that took away the hiccups. Surprising for any European club, let alone one that seemed to be dancing on a razor’s edge financially. Raphinha, Kound, Lewandowski, Kessi, Pablo Torre, Bellern, Marcos Alonso and Christensen. A sufficient number of players to change the face of the team.
Of all those, a priori, there was only one footballer about whose performance everyone was convinced: Robert Lewandowski. Other, like Jules Kound, who generated few doubts due to his knowledge of Spanish football. But probably very few would have foreseen that andreas christensen He will give the performance that we have seen him in the first half of the season.
The Dane came free from Chelsea. The feeling settled that the Barcelona he had managed to discard and that he had missed the big shot of the stampede blue: Antonio Rdiger. Seen what has been seen, things have not gone so badly for the Catalans with their bet.
Xavi He speaks wonders of Danish from the first day. She has a lot of faith in him. So much so that to put him in his place in the defense axis, he has chosen to send a specialist like Kound to the right side. The play is going well for him. The performance of Christensen is being magnificent and Kound is emerging as a more than acceptable winger for the Barcelona.
In addition to his obvious defensive qualities, one of the strengths of the Danish defender is in his delivery of the ball. Even though Ronald Araujo has taken steps forward in that facet of the game, it is still far from being what it was Gerard Pique at the time. In the current couple of center-backs, that profile gives it more Christensen. It is the one that provides a neater exit to the team from behind. He has adapted surprisingly quickly to what the coach, the locker room and the city want. He has landed on the team.
His more than 94 percent accuracy in the pass makes him the kind of footballer Xavi You want to have it in the field whenever possible. In matches like the Betis, in which a good part of the success happened to prevent the Andalusians from having the ball, the reliability of the Dane made the difference. More than 98 percent accuracy in the pass. Only one of the 50 I tried failed.
Demonstrated its reliability in the League, its performance in Europe remains to be seen. The Bara had the bad luck of hardly being able to count on him or Araujo neither Kound in the decisive weeks of Champions League. The europa league is just around the corner and he does it with a duel that could perfectly be of Champions. The Manchester Utd will test the robustness of one of the best defenses in the championship (only seven goals conceded in the first round). At the moment, the feeling is that Christensen (26 years old) is going to be the center-back of the Bara for a while.