Chelsea star has 'no idea' why he was dropped by Conte

Paola Ditto
Aprile 16, 2018

Last week Rudiger told Sky Sports he did not "understand why after 1-0 we always drop and let the opponent get more ball possession" after Chelsea were held 1-1 draw by West Ham at Stamford Bridge - a comment interpreted by some as direct criticism of Conte.

But when asked after the game why Rudiger had been dropped, Conte insisted the decision to omit him was "tactical".

Rudiger said he had not intended it to be that but added that it was the likeliest explanation for his demotion from the team.

"I have no idea". But I didn't mean it that way.

It remains to be seen if he would be tempted by a return to the Stamford Bridge, though the chance to prove himself in the Premier League again, should Chelsea be unable to land their other top targets, will nearly certainly give him plenty to deliberate.

'It was a fact, it wasn't about the tactics.

"I must be honest and I was very angry with our first half because we did not show great desire, great will to fight and will to play in the right way".

Speaking after that game, Rudiger was quoted as saying: "I think in the second half we could have finished the game, but we didn't. This was a little break".

"It's just normal from my side".

But when it was put to him that Chelsea's spirited response at St Mary's was a sign that his players are still fighting for him, Conte replied: "I can't accept this [concept], because I was a player". And he's a very, very good coach'.

Rudiger is not the first player at Chelsea to feel the brunt of Conte's fury, with David Luiz and Diego Costa both involved in public fallouts with the former Italy manager.

'Not winning it would not be worthy of Chelsea, ' the German defender said.

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