Chelsea showed strong character to beat Manchester City over the weekend, as Pep Guardiola’s side were in top form and were yet to lose in the league this season.
Although Chelsea won the game 2-0, it wasn’t an easy game as the team had to fight for the victory.
Antonio Rudiger has admitted that the defeats to Tottenham and Wolves helped Chelsea to learn how to suffer and win games, something that they haven’t done under Maurizio Sarri because things have been going very well for them this season.
City started the game as the dominant side, but Chelsea dug deep and worked hard to keep the scoreline goalless before N’Golo Kante scored from Chelsea’s first chance of the game just before half-time.
Rudiger has admitted that the team had to bring back its strong character to work hard and win the game.
“We all knew what was going on, we didn’t have to lie to ourselves: the mentality was the problem,” Rudiger told the Evening Standard.
“One of the things that made us strong in difficult moments last season was that we knew how to suffer. This season, because things were going so good, we were thinking, ‘We don’t need to suffer’.
“Two teams, Tottenham and Wolves, proved us wrong. That’s why, against Manchester City, everyone saw a team that was ready to fight. We wanted to take the supporters with us and we did that.
“By ‘suffering’, what I mean is when we are having a tough time, we need to man up, keep our chins up and work.
“We were playing beautiful football at the start of the season, but that doesn’t mean you forget the ugly side of it: winning tackles, tracking back, doing everything defensively.
“Against Manchester City we were very clinical, which was also important. That has been missing over the last month, but against City we did something out of nothing.”