Andreas Christensen: Chelsea defender has withdrawn from other matches – Thomas Tuchel
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel says Andreas Christensen’s late departure from the team ahead of the FA Cup final is not the “first” time the defender is unfit for the season
BBC Sport understand that an uninjured Christensen will meet Liverpool at Wembley on Saturday.
On Wednesday, Tuchel said the Danish defender told him he was not ready to play on the last day.
“He has his reasons,” the German added.
“You maintain privacy and confidentiality.”
Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen said he was not ready for the morning Liverpool lost in the FA Cup final.
Christensen’s surprise absence from Thomas Tuchel’s side forced the coach to reconsider before losing in the Wembley penalty shootout.
He is expected to leave Chelsea this summer after signing for Barcelona. Christensen has made 32 appearances in all of the Blues’ competitions this season, scoring two goals. He joined Chelsea from the Danish club Brondby in 2012 at the age of 16.
Chelsea is unable to offer players new contracts at the moment due to sanctions imposed on owner Roman Abramovich. It was following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. A team led by Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Todd Buller has made a £ 4.25 billion deal to buy the club.
Christensen’s friend Antonio Rudiger will join Spain after signing for Real Madrid this summer.
Tuchel added: “But as you can see, for the first time in the last few weeks, he has not played in the same situations on a regular basis.
“We think we are progressing well because he did well against Leeds in the semi-finals.
“But the dialogue is happening, and we must respect it and of course we are respected and supported.”
Chelsea host Leicester City at Stamford Bridge (20:00 GMT) on Thursday in their first game since losing in the final on penalties.
The Blues retained their place in the Champions League home stage next season. However, they secured third place in the table with a win over Leicester City.
When asked if the player would face Leicester City or Watford relegated on Sunday of the Premier League season, Tuchel said he was “not sure”.
“Not just this game, but other games in other weeks, just a short time from the cup final,” he said.
“It’s impossible for me to look forward to tomorrow or the weekend.”