The Chelsea fans were feeling mixed emotions in the Transfer Tavern last night after watching their side draw 1-1 with Barcelona at Stamford Bridge.
Antonio Conte’s side were typically well disciplined, efficiently organised and tactically astute in their Champions League encounter yesterday evening, but one lapse in concentration has ensured Chelsea will have to score at the Nou Camp in three weeks time to progress into the quarter-finals of the competition.
Willian gave Chelsea the lead against the run of play in the 62nd minute as he lashed home a brilliantly placed strike into the corner of Ter Stegen’s net from the edge of the area, but Lionel Messi finally scored his first goal against The Blues in the Champions League to level the tie just 13 minutes later.
However, Messi’s strike was completely avoidable from a Chelsea point of view, as Andres Christensen (valued at £27 million by Transfermarkt) broke the number one rule in football and played a suicidal pass across the face of his own penalty area which was eventually intercepted by Andres Iniesta, and the Spanish legend kept a characteristically cool head and squared the ball for the Argentine to slam home a game-changing equaliser.
The dynamic of the tie has undoubtedly been transformed by Christensen’s error, but the fans have offered plenty of words of support for the 21-year-old on Twitter despite his mistake.
The majority of supporters believe that the Danish international had a solid game apart from that one costly mistake, and they have also pointed towards his lack of experience to explain why he made such a severe error of judgement.
Here’s what the supporters on Twitter have had to say about Christensen’s performance last night…
that was the honestly the last guy i expected to make that error. he'll learn.
— harsh (@IamHarshDave) February 20, 2018
Christensen's lack of experience costing him here.
— CFC (@CFCWriter) February 20, 2018
Unlike most of the players on that pitch he has played against Barcelona in CL. Nothing to do with experience – just a bad mistake. Azpi diving in instead of staying on his feet also a factor.
— Дэнни – Я Люблю Тебя Россия (@dannydoes) February 20, 2018
He is only 21, so relax…
— Saloum (@Sirloum) February 20, 2018
Christensen’s been brilliant all season. So typical this error falls in such a high profile game. He will learn from this, no doubt. Hard to be too critical of him. Bad decision but move on.
— David Cartlidge (@davidjaca) February 20, 2018
Mistakes happen, even to the very best. If anything, Andreas Christensen's performance tonight proved that he's not going to be a star – he already is one. We have one of the best defenders in the world, and he's only going to get better.
— Jamie Wilkinson (@parkedthebus) February 20, 2018
Some of our fans turning on Christensen after one mistake, worst fanbase on here
— BiIIy (@COYBiIIy) February 21, 2018
I don't care if Christensen scored a 60 yard own goal, I'll have him over Gary Cahill in my backline everyday.
— Fontaine. (@TheAlchemist___) February 21, 2018