When Thiago Silva went down clutching his thigh in the first half of Chelsea’s 1-0 victory at Spurs in early February, there were some who felt that Thomas Tuchel’s Blues revolution would come screeching to an abrupt halt.
The Brazilian veteran had been a star in Frank Lampard’s underperforming side and with the former manager given the boot in west London, it would be down to Silva, who worked with Tuchel at PSG, to steady the ship.
Chelsea has played eight games in all competitions without Silva in the side – they haven’t lost a single one and have conceded only two goals.
Andreas Christensen’s name and number were called from the bench at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to get ready and replace Silva, who has been back in training for more than a week but isn’t quite 100 per cent ready to go, with the Dane asked to slot into the back three.
Christensen was chosen ahead of Kurt Zouma, one of Lampard’s most trusted players before he was surprisingly axed for the final two league games of his reign at the club. It has been an up and down career at Chelsea for Christensen, who has never truly nailed down a regular starting spot at the club.