With a scoreless draw in their first match against Tunisia, Denmark’s World Cup campaign got off to a relatively dismal start. They may at least find comfort in the knowing that their backs were sturdy.
Only one notable Kasper Schmeichel save and one disallowed goal were the only obvious opportunities Tunisia had to break their defense.
Due in large part to Andreas Christensen, it happened. The Barcelona defender played with poise and composure at the back, compiling a variety of stats more appropriate for a center midfielder than a defender.
It has been consistent with how he has played for Barcelona this year. His performances so far have been almost excellent, despite the fact that he was sidelined with an ailment for the majority of October due to an ankle strain.
Relevo claims that Christensen’s achievements have come as a welcome surprise to the Barcelona coaching staff. I was really pleased with his ball handling, which was on display against Tunisia. When Real Madrid, Inter, and Bayern Munich all had their way with the Barcelona defense in October, his injury was felt acutely. Barcelona has let up 17 goals so far this season, and 12 of them come during Christensen’s absence.
The one thing about him that the Barcelona staff wanted to see more of was his personality. Naturally more of an introvert, it seems that this trait has been made worse by his early-season adjustment to learning a new language. The only area where Xavi Hernandez has shown development is in his communication.