Rudiger gives his assessment of partnering Zouma in defence

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Antonio Rudiger is definitely Chelsea’s best defender, and the Chelsea defence has missed the no-nonsense defender since he was out with injury.

Rudiger returned to action on Tuesday night against Lille as he played his first 90 minutes of football since last season.

The big question has always been: who should partner Rudiger in defence? Chelsea currently have three other centre-backs – Kurt Zouma, Fikayo Tomori and Andreas Christensen.

Rudiger played alongside Zouma in the game against Lille, and he has now revealed that it was easy playing with the Frenchman as they both communicated very well.

“For me, it’s just a matter of communication,” he said. “If you don’t speak then things will be a bit difficult but me and him spoke directly and the commanding was clear so it was easier for everyone. If you speak and give each other confidence then it’s much easier.

“In my position, it’s very important to be loud and to speak because I have the whole pitch in front of me. This has always been natural for me and even when I was younger I was commanding.”

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