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Antonio Rudiger didn’t start the season with Chelsea as injury kept him out for months. But the German international has since returned back to the fold and has been a key player for the club since his return.
Rudiger has played with the three other centre-backs since his return to the team as he has played alongside Fikayo Tomori, Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen.
Rudiger has spoken about the competition for places in the Chelsea defence and also revealed that he’s been impressed with Chelsea youngster Fikayo Tomori.
Rudiger said: “There have been a lot of ups and downs but it’s normal to have competition.
“We have really good centre-backs and you should always be in for competition because that makes everyone better. At the end of the day, the coach then decides.
“I’m very happy for Fikayo because he has really developed well. I’ve known him since I moved to the club as he was always there in the pre-seasons before he went on loan.
“You can see now he’s doing very well and this is the way the club is going – they want Academy players to make it in the first team and obviously now there are a lot of them here so it’s very good.”
Rudiger also revealed that he has been wowed with the performance of Reece James and also hailed Tammy Abraham.
“I didn’t know Reece as well but then when I saw him in pre-season, I was like wow,” admitted Rudiger.
“I was very impressed with him and the way he plays is very mature for his young age so you have to give credit to him.
“I’m happy for him and for Tammy. I always heard people say the number nine is not good for strikers when they come to Chelsea but he has done very well for himself. His commitment in the game is great because he tries and tries – sometimes he will fail but that’s just a process that he needs to learn from and then he will be fine.”