Antonio Rudiger insists he would have stayed at Chelsea whether ‘Frank Lampard was in or out’ after being dropped earlier in the season as German praises Blues squad for adapting to Thomas Tuchel so quickly
- Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger was out of the first team earlier this season
- He broke into the side towards the end of previous boss Frank Lampard’s tenure
- The German centre half has stated he would have stayed even if Lampard stayed
- He also praised Blues players for adapting well to new manager Thomas Tuchel
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has insisted he would have stayed at Chelsea whether previous manager Frank Lampard had stayed or not.
Rudiger had played regularly throughout his previous three seasons at Chelsea but found himself out of the first-team picture under Lampard this campaign.
However, he broke back into the Blues side just before Lampard’s dismissal in January and has continued to feature under new boss Thomas Tuchel.
Antonio Rudiger has stated he would have fought for his place even if Frank Lampard stayed
The German centre half was out of favour earlier this season but his won a starting role back
And the German centre half admitted he was keen to stay at Stamford Bridge and fight for his place regardless of the managerial situation.
He told Sky Sports: ‘I’m a competitor, I want to play. Obviously it is frustrating and it was the first time in my career I had this type of situation.
‘Inside myself, I was always calm and relaxed, I’ll be very honest. I was not going crazy because I was not playing at the beginning and when you’re not in the squad, you think ‘oh wow, what’s happening?’
Previous boss Frank Lampard (centre right) did not play Rudiger much early in the campaign
Rudiger, 27, also praised the Blues players for adapting well to new boss Tuchel’s style of play
‘But then suddenly I was back in the team. From that moment on, my head was ‘I’m staying here at Chelsea and trying to fight for my spot’. In the last games of Frank Lampard, I was featuring even more. Lampard in or out, I would have stayed anyway.’
‘Because of the results, it’s been good (under Tuchel so far). The coach knows what he wants. He has a way of playing football and you can see from the games, the players have adapted very quickly to that.’
Tuchel’s side currently lie one point and one place behind fourth-placed Liverpool and the final Champions League spot, but have a game in hand on the Reds.
After facing Newcastle and Southampton in the Premier League, Chelsea host Atletico Madrid in their Champions League round of 16 match in mid-March.