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Chelsea's Andreas Christensen spent two years out on loan with Borussia Monchengladbach.

Chelsea face Borussia Monchengladbach today in Germany, meaning a return to a familiar ground for Andreas Christensen.

After coming through the ranks of Chelsea’s academy as one of our brightest defensive prospects in years, Christensen had a two year loan at BMG where he really found his feet in senior football.

It was one of the most successful loans we’ve had in recent years, setting the Denmark international up for a return to his parent club with plenty of games and even some Champions League experience under his belt.

That pedigree in turn persuaded Antonio Conte to keep him around as a squad player, and he eventually battled his way into the Italian’s first team.

A loss of form and the return to a back four has made things more difficult for Andreas in the last 12 months however, and he has reached a real crossroads this year. He’s lost his first team place, and now finds even his status as first reserve challenge by the returning Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori.

David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger still look set to be Frank Lampard’s chosen centre-backs, to begin with at least. But Luiz in particular is getting up there in age and can’t go on forever. It’s up to Christensen to prove that that loan was no fluke, and he does in fact have the quality we all saw in those brilliant seasons in the Bundesliga and his early spell under Conte.

Today provides a great chance for him to do just that.

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