- Christensen currently at Gladbach on two-year loan deal from Chelsea.
- Expects tough game away to Schalke on Sunday.
- In awe of the "breathtaking tempo" of Bundesliga matches.
The Denmark international has become a cornerstone of the side since swapping London for the Rhineland in summer 2015 and while his future beyond the end of this season remains unclear, there can be no arguing with the fact that the Bundesliga has helped shape him into one of the best young centre-backs in the business.
In an exclusive interview with bundesliga.com, the 20-year-old defender discusses Gladbach's 2-1 defeat to FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League, looks ahead to Sunday's clash with FC Schalke 04 and shares his views on how the Bundesliga compares to the English Premier League…
bundesliga.com: Andreas Christensen, does such a narrow defeat to a world-class team such as FC Barcelona hurt more than other defeats?
Andreas Christensen: No. Every defeat is synonymous with disappointment, regardless of the opposition. We did a lot right in the first half against Barcelona, but we couldn't build on it in the second.
bundesliga.com: Next up you face FC Schalke 04 away. Although Borussia play some of the most eye-catching attacking football at home, along with Borussia Dortmund, Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FC Bayern München, it rarely translates into points on the road.
Christensen: Believe you me, we go into every game with the same objective: we want to win. I don't think our performances on the road are down to us missing the support of our own fans. Their enthusiasm definitely pushes us in games at BORUSSIA-PARK, but we also have a lot of support away from home. It's not like we hold back in away games either. We always want to play our game.
bundesliga.com: Could it perhaps be that you rely a little too much on your style of football and your own footballing culture and you forget how to fight like in the defeat to SC Freiburg?
Christensen: We definitely played poorly in Freiburg, while SC played pretty well. We just didn't implement our game. As a rule, though, I wouldn't say we don't put up enough of a fight away from home. It can be like that in football. Once we turn it around - for example, if we win at Schalke - I'm sure further away wins will follow.
"The Bundesliga is a real spectacle. Almost every game is played at a breathtaking tempo."
bundesliga.com: Schalke are up against it right now. Given their struggles, is the onus on you to win?
Christensen: To say that wouldn't really do justice to Schalke's quality. Obviously they're having a few problems at the moment, but they're a good team. Like I said, we want to play our own idea of football in every game. If we can do that on Sunday, we'll beat Schalke. It's not going to be a walk in the park, though. Games against Schalke are always tough and Schalke are going to push us to our limit in their own stadium.
bundesliga.com: You once said in an interview that you left school after Year 9 and there was no alternative but to play football. Did you not consider finishing your exams first, before concentrating on football - like your fellow Dane Yussuf Poulsen of RB Leipzig?
Christensen: I took this path after finishing Year 9, but long before then, when I was playing in the Brondby youth team, Chelsea had come calling and they made it clear they really wanted to sign me. I really didn't want to miss out on the opportunity. So I waited until I'd completed Year 9 and then went to England.
bundesliga.com: You've long since adapted brilliantly to the Bundesliga and, after 15 months, are regarded as one of the best centre-backs in the German top flight….
Christensen: I needed time to find my feet here. Think back to the first five games of last season when nothing went right for us. Coming to the Bundesliga as a reserve player at Chelsea was a huge step for me, but I have to say I found my feet really quickly after that testing period. It got better with every appearance.
bundesliga.com: Tell us how you think the Bundesliga and the Premier League compare…
Christensen: I've only made two Premier League appearances to date, but I trained with the lads at Chelsea on a daily basis. It's not an easy comparison to make, though. Perhaps defences are more disciplined in the Premier League. It's not easy to create chances in England, but that's where the Bundesliga stands out as a real spectacle. Almost every game is played at a breathtaking tempo, back and forth, attack and counter-attack, again and again. One other thing that differs is the training culture in the Bundesliga. It's a lot tougher here than in the Premier League. It's really hard work here (laughs).