Antonio Rudiger has responded to claims that Chelsea haven’t any leaders on the membership to assist them out of their poor kind – saying nobody spoke about leaders throughout their unbeaten run.
It took till November and a 3-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, 19 aggressive video games into the season, for the Blues to lose their first sport underneath Maurizio Sarri, however since then issues have been lower than rosy.
They’ve misplaced seven video games since, one in all which was a 6-Zero thrashing by the hands of Manchester Metropolis, whereas they had been additionally knocked out of the FA Cup on Monday evening at Stamford Bridge by the crimson facet of Manchester, with United going by to the quarter finals 2-Zero winners.
One of many criticisms of this Chelsea facet is that the dressing room lacks leaders – Gary Cahill has hardly performed for the facet this season and there would not appear to be anybody else within the squad that may drag the group by the scruff of the neck like John Terry was capable of do previously.
Rudiger, who signed for the membership from Roma in 2017, admitted it has been onerous to exchange gamers like Terry within the altering room, however believes the speak of getting no leaders would not be occurring if Chelsea had been getting outcomes.
Forward of tonight’s Europa League tie with Malmo, he mentioned: “Folks wish to say this as a result of we had leaders earlier than at this membership, which is honest sufficient, however we weren’t speaking about leaders in our unbeaten run.
“For me, it’s all primarily based on outcomes, if we’ve got the outcomes we’re not talking about leaders. Typically it’s onerous to exchange individuals like John Terry, who was captain right here and a frontrunner.
“I believe we’ve got to try to get within the footsteps of those gamers.”
Sarri himself was requested whether or not or not he thought Chelsea had leaders after the defeat to United on Monday evening, and whereas he pinpointed David Luiz as one in all them his reply was extra in regards to the nature of his facet than it was about particular person gamers.
He mentioned: “I believe David [Luiz] is a frontrunner, however we want all to enhance as a result of I’m not capable of get out of my gamers a really excessive degree of aggressiveness.”