Lampard: Rudiger is ready to play

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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger was racially abused in the victory against Tottenham as the Blues got a massive win against Jose Mourinho’s side.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has now revealed that Rudiger is in the right frame of mind to play despite the abuse he suffered against Spurs.

“I’m sure it is very upsetting to say the least,” Lampard told the reporters. “I used to take some real strong personal abuse and so did my team-mates. It upset me at the time.

“To think how Tammy or other players in the situation would feel when it is fundamentally wrong and something that will be painful for them… It’s hard for me to answer that [whether it affects their confidence] because I am not them. All I can do is support them and work with them and hope that it doesn’t because the reason those boys are here and on the pitch is to try to win.

“I will see how he [Rudiger] is feeling first and foremost then see how it goes. His social media post was pretty clear. I will speak to him one on one.

“We need to work on the education, how people grow up, school them, how parents educate them and not just on the racism issue but on the all-round issue, how you respect the person standing next to you in the street or whoever I think that is the case.

“One thing I always think about is not just my schooling but I particularly think about how my mum raised me and the manners she would have put in me and if she thought I was being disrespectful to anyone without good cause or without reason she certainly would have told me at a young age. I’m no saint, I’m not perfect but it starts with parenting, personally.”

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