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Tuchel: Chelsea defender Christensen's half-time substitution against Arsenal was injury related

03:30 EAT 21/04/2022
ANDREAS CHRISTENSEN CHELSEA
The defender is out of contract this summer and may have played his final match for the Blues

Thomas Tuchel removed defender Andreas Christensen after a nightmare first 45 minutes against Arsenal in which his poorly hit back-pass gifted the Gunners' opener, but after the match the Chelsea manager said the decision was related to an injury.

The Blues brought on centre-back Thiago Silva in Christensen's place with the match tied 2-2 and went on to lose 4-2.

Christensen is out of contract this summer, and his rapid substitution could mark the end of his Blues tenure with just seven more matches to go after Wednesday's game.

Watch: Christensen's error gifts Arsenal opener

Tuchel explains substitution

"He said he cannot continue," Tuchel said. "He had some problems. I don't take a player out because he made one mistake."

The German head coach went on to blame the Stamford Bridge pitch for Arsenal's first goal.

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