Rudiger: Tuchel gave me a new life at Chelsea

Sat 30 October 2021 | 9:19

The Chelsea defender believes the German boss has activated his full potential at Stamford Bridge.

From being on the verge of leaving the club due to insufficient playing time to becoming a cornerstone of Chelsea's backline, Antonio Rudiger's story at Stamford Bridge has completely changed with the arrival of Thomas Tuchel.

The German centre-back played a key part in the Blues' Champions-winning campaign last season, reaching his top form under the stewardship of his countryman.

In a new interview with

The Guardian

, Rudiger has praised Tuchel for finding a way to integrate him back into the Chelsea lineup. 

"Tuchel gave me new life,"

Rudiger said.

"I wouldn't say he said: 'You have to be the biggest speaker in the dressing room.' I'm not like this. I like to show everything on the pitch. He told me what he expects – my natural game: to be aggressive, to be a leader.

"I played back three under [Antonio] Conte at Chelsea. I played back four with [Maurizio] Sarri, which was a good season. If there is a clear plan in what you are doing, it doesn't matter if it's a back three or a four.

"It's about structure. This what I have to give full credit to the manager for. Sometimes it's a back three, but sometimes I end up pressing up front, so all of a sudden it's a not a back three, it's a back four. It's an odd way of his! But we concede less, which is good.

"When we had those runs where you're not conceding, you start thinking about it. Before, it was not the case. We didn't have many clean sheets. For a defender there's nothing more important than a clean sheet."

According to


, Rudiger is hoping to secure a place among the London club's top earners. However, Chelsea are reluctant to offer him such a deal, generating serious


about the German defender's future at the club.

source: SportMob

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