Andreas Christensen has had a season of mostly playing against smaller teams in the cup competitions. But the injury to Antonio Rudiger has thrown the Dane into first team action suddenly in the final run.
It can’t be easy to going from playing those low tempo games in November to suddenly being in vital games in the run-in, but Christensen has stepped up in these last two matches to the level required.
Against Frankfurt he did allow Luka Jovic to score, but the team kept a dangerous team to one goal at home, and then followed that with a clean sheet against Watford.
The Hornets have a dual threat attack in the form of the ultra-physical Troy Deeney and the clever and tricky Gerard Deulofeu. Christensen, by and large, was able to match up to both different dangers.
The Kepa save bailed the back four out big time in the first half, but from that point out they increasingly successfully snuffed out the danger, and by the end they were cruising to a big that saw us into the Champions League.
The next test is on Thursday night against Frankfurt in the second leg. If we manage a clean sheet then, we will be through to the final. With a couple of games under his belt AC should have his confidence and his rhythm back, and we hope to see another composed display against the Germans to usher us into the final.