How Antonio Rudiger almost missed Chelsea’s clash with Tottenham amid transfer rumours

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger reportedly almost missed Sunday’s clash with Tottenham due not being able to access his Covid-19 pass.

All top-flight footballers are required to show their passes which are delivered to their phones in order to access the stadium.

The protocol has been in force since the Premier League got back underway with Project Restart back in June 2020 following a three-month break in play due to the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK.

However, Rudiger was revealed to have had trouble in accessing his pass via his phone, potentially putting his inclusion for the clash in severe doubt.

Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler said during the game: “I should also mention that he [Rudiger] very nearly didn’t get into the game today because on his phone, the biometrics didn’t work that you have to pass to get through to the Covid check.

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“Thankfully, they got the technology to work out and he is here.”

Rudiger eventually got access to his Covid-19 pass and was granted entry to the stadium. The German was selected to start alongside Thiago Silva and Andreas Christensen in a back-three against Spurs on Sunday and played a key role to keep Spurs at bay whilst he also found the net late on.



Antonio Rudiger's contract at Chelsea ends next summer
Antonio Rudiger’s contract at Chelsea ends next summer

It certainly would have been intriguing to seen him miss the clash considering recent questions over his Chelsea future.

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Rudiger’s contract at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of the campaign and had been linked with a move to Sunday’s opponents Tottenham last season during the tenure of Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea boss Tuchel has revealed his hope at a new deal being agreed sooner rather than later.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the German said: “I hope that they find a solution but it’s not only between coaches and players. It’s between the club and the player’s agent.

“He plays excellent for a long time – very consistent [and] at a very high level. I feel him very calm, very focused and it’s obviously not a distraction for him.

“So give things time – sometimes it needs a bit longer, sometimes things get very fast. There’s no news from my side.”

Source by Football London

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