Former Liverpool defender Graeme Souness hailed the performance of Antonio Rudiger following Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Leicester City at Stamford Bridge last night.
The German centre-back, who has seen his Chelsea career revitalised since Thomas Tuchel took charge towards the end of January, netted the opening goal of the game and produced an outstanding display at the back.
Rudiger turned the ball home from a corner just two minutes into the second half to hand the Blues the lead, before going on to produce a commanding display on the left of Chelsea’s back-three.
As well as restricting the likes of Jamie Vardy and James Maddison to pretty much nothing, the former Roma man was not afraid to stride out from the back, produce pieces of skill and leave Leicester’s players chasing shadows.
It was a truly inspirational display from the centre-back and one that drew special praise from Sky Sports pundit Souness, who admitted that Rudiger was Chelsea’s inspiration for what could prove to be a decisive victory in the club’s quest to secure a top-four finish.
Souness told Sky Sports: “Rudiger has got to have a fight on the way home, he’s got to have some road rage – he was looking for a fight all night tonight.
“That set the tempo for everyone. He was really up for it tonight.
“Yes, he’s wrestling with people, the minute there was an incident he was sprinting up to people. I’m really disappointed in Leicester that no one fancied taking him on and matching him with his aggression.
“He inspired Chelsea and their players tonight.”
As well as heaping praise on Rudiger, Souness also made a bold admission about Chelsea as a collective, but admitted they require a new striker to take them to the next level.
Souness continued: “I think they’re close to being a real team, Chelsea. They have got a bit of everything about them, but if they haven’t got a goalscorer, when games are tight, they will struggle.
“That is what happened to them in the last few weeks. They lost their momentum. They needed to win tonight.”
Source by Football London