October 12, 2022
Comparing Christensen’s 21-22 stats to current Barcelona defenders

Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen will see his contract expire at the end of the 2021-22 season and has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona – but how does he compare to the club’s current centre-back options?

It had initially appeared that Christensen would sign a new contract with Chelsea, but it now looks increasingly likely that he will leave the club this summer, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Posting on Twitter, Romano said: “Andreas Christensen has turned down offers from English clubs to be respectful with Chelsea. He is now very close to joining Barcelona as a free agent, the contract offer is better than Bayern’s. .

“Last details missing – further meeting scheduled for next week to finalize deal.”

The 25-year-old has made over 25 appearances for Chelsea this season and his impending exit will come as a blow to Thomas Tuchel and the club’s supporters.

But Barcelona will have secured a great signing and the Denmark international would appear to be an improvement on their current defensive options – but do the numbers back that up?

We have analyzed the data and compared Christensen’s Premier League stats for the 2021-22 season with Barcelona’s existing centre-backs.

Note: We’ve excluded Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti as neither played 500 minutes this season.

Successful tackles per 90 minutes (hit rate)
Ronald Araujo – 1.6 (94.1%)
Eric Garcia – 1.0 (66.6%)
Gerard Pique – 0.7 (87.5%)
Andreas Christensen- 0.6 (85.7%)

Successful aerial duels every 90 minutes (success rate)
Gerard Pique – 3.6 (65.5%)
Andreas Christensen- 3.1 (52.5%)
Ronald Araujo – 2.5 (73.5%)
Eric Garcia – 1.6 (64%)

Interceptions per 90 minutes
Andreas Christensen – 2.0
Gerard Pique – 1.7
Eric Garcia – 1.6
Ronald Araujo – 0.8

Fouls per 90 minutes
Andreas Christensen – 2.0
Eric Garcia – 1.6
Gerard Pique – 1.2
Ronald Araujo – 0.7

Authorizations per 90 minutes
Gerard Pique – 3.9
Andreas Christensen – 3.2
Ronald Araujo – 2.6
Eric Garcia – 2.1

Passes per 90 minutes (accuracy)
Eric Garcia – 78.9 (93.3%)
Andreas Christensen- 73.5 (87.8%)
Gerard Pique – 71.6 (89.7%)
Ronald Araujo – 69.5 (90.9%)

Ronald Araujo – 2
Gerard Pique – 1
Andreas Christensen – 0
Eric Garcia – 0

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