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The return of Antonio Rudiger to the Chelsea back line feels like a new signing for the club as the German international played his first 90 minutes of football this season in the 2-1 victory against Lille on Tuesday night.
Prior to Tuesday’s clash, Rudiger last played for Chelsea in September and lasted only 45 minutes in the 5-2 win against Wolves as he had to be subbed off at half-time due to injury.
Rudiger had initially suffered an injury back in April that kept him out for so long and he even missed the team’s pre-season training.
Chelsea’s defence has really missed Rudiger and he was in fine form against Lille, and it looked like he didn’t miss much playing time.
With games coming in thick, the 26-year-old doesn’t think he can play two games in five days after such a long spell on the sidelines.
Rudiger has revealed that he’d be honest with Chelsea boss Frank Lampard about his fitness levels.
“I have to be honest with the coach to tell him whether or not I feel alright but if he needs me, of course I will do it every time,” Rudiger said.
“We have to take every game step by step now – we’re in the top four, into the next round of the Champions League but we need to be aware of performances like Everton and West Ham as well.”