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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger believes Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri realized he had to change his tactics after Chelsea were humiliated 6-0 by Manchester City last month.

The defeat at Etihad Stadium was Chelsea’s heaviest in 28 years with many fans criticising the manager’s style of play.

Since the 6-0 loss at Manchester City, Chelsea have won three games including a 2-0 win over Tottenham and were unfortunate to lose to Manchester City on penalties in the EFL Cup Final.

Chelsea have also conceded just once in our last four matches with Chelsea switching to a more conservative approach in recent weeks.

“I think everyone has adapted to new things — also the coach,” Rudiger said.

“You saw the way we played against Tottenham and Manchester City [in the past week]? It was different to the way we played in the first three months.

“Everyone needs to adapt. Have we found a good balance of how to play? Definitely. In life, you need to adapt to things. This League is different to Italy, you have to adjust a bit.”

When asked if it has been a learning curve for Sarri, Rudiger said: “Of course. He learned from that game against City. There we went high, we went to press, we wanted to win the ball and everyone knows what happened.

“We can play both [styles]. But it is always good to find the golden middle. It depends on the coach. He gives the tactics and the players follow.”

Chelsea are now two points off fourth-placed Manchester United with a game in hand following Sunday’s 2-1 win at Fulham.

“It is good to know we have things in our own hands,” Rudiger added.

“We started with the win against Tottenham and now we have beaten Fulham. We want to continue like this. It’s not important to speak about other clubs. We need to look at own house and get our own things solved.”

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