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Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger appears to have slammed both his manager’s tactics and his teammates following the Blues’ 1-1 draw with West Ham United on Sunday afternoon.

The Premier League champions threw away any hopes they had of qualifying for the Champions League. The most worrying part is, it’s not a surprise, we’ve seen this time and time again this season.

Continually we have failed to take our chances to kill off the game and subsequently allowed our opponents with an avenue back into the contest.

The blame for that falls with both our attackers and Conte, and Rudiger appears to be growing increasingly frustrated with the amount of points we’ve thrown away as a result of it.

Speaking after the game, with emotion running high, Rudiger did not hold back in his criticisms of his own teammates. The German is quoted by the Metro saying:

“I think we begged. We begged for the goal. I think in the second half we can finish the game. But like the last few months we didn’t and we concede.”


Rudiger also went on to question our tactics, which could be interpreted as a sly dig at his manager, as the Metro report:

“For me, it’s not easy to explain. I don’t understand why after 1-0 we always drop and let the opponent get more ball possession. Definitely. Like the last weeks again, we give them a gift. I think that was the first chance they have.”


Rudiger is well within his right to tear into his teammates and manager. He is arguably our most improved player throughout the course of the season, but is being let down by his defensive counterparts.

This mess needs to be sorted out. Whether it’s a new manager, or a major squad overhaul, we need change – and fast.



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