Jody Morris has revealed that Andreas Christensen has a track record of pulling out of matches at Chelsea, writes the METRO.
Christensen, 26, made himself unavailable for selection for last weekend’s FA Cup final against Liverpool, a match the west Londoners went on to lose on penalties.
The decision frustrated manager Thomas Tuchel who argued that, while Christensen had his reasons for not wanting to play, Chelsea were left short at late notice by the Dane’s absence.
Morris, who was assistant manager to Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge, says Christensen did similar things during his time as a No. 2 between 2019 and 2021.
Speaking to Stadium Astro, he said: ‘To be fair we experienced that (pulling out of matches) ourselves when we were here working with Andreas.
‘You never know what some players are going through. Whether it be nerves, whether it be something off the pitch.
‘We experienced it a few times with Andreas but I don’t think he’s the only player who experienced it. He’s probably more honest about that sort of side of it.’
Christensen, who has suffered with stomach issues in the past, is out of contract this summer and has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona.
Speaking this week, Tuchel conceded that Christensen may have played his last game for the club.
The loss of Christensen and Antonio Rudiger leaves the Blues boss with a host of problems ahead of next season with Chelsea needing to sign two new centre-backs.
Meanwhile, the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic are struggling for form up front.
Pulisic played his first season at Chelsea when Morris was part of the club’s management team and the coach attempted to explain why the American has struggled since moving from Borussia Dortmund.
He said: ‘I’d probably say the main thing was he’s (Pulisic) moving from another country, coming over from Germany and having grown up in the States.
‘Quite a lot of responsibility lays on his shoulders back home being the captain of his country.
‘When he first came over, it was a new league and he tried to hit the ground running. It was bit stop-start, niggling little injuries.
‘I think the intensity we were training at was a little bit difficult for him to adjust to at the beginning. And when he did get in the team, I think he started performing well and picked up an injury. And then it was Covid.’