Rudiger benched for Palace game. Read what he has to say

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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger was dropped for the second game running, as Blues boss Frank Lampard has opted a defensive pair of Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma.

Rudiger hasn’t played again since his poor performance in the 3-2 defeat to West Ham.

Speaking ahead of the game against Palace, Rudiger admitted that there’s strong competition in the first team squad and admits that it’s good for the team.

“We have a good mix at the club and it’s not always easy to find that,” said Rudiger.

“We have some experienced guys and of course a lot of young players, who in my opinion have done really well this season.

“Obviously we cannot predict the future, but with this mix of good, talented young guys and some more experienced players then I don’t see why we can’t challenge for trophies. In the future, we have a chance. With every year they take a step closer and as the coach has said before, when you are at Chelsea then these are the levels you want to get to and we should be reaching.

“Having competition is a good problem to have,” added the defender.

“It makes you train better and it makes you play better, because you know there are other people waiting to take your place. You have to be on the top of your game always. As a coach, it’s obviously difficult to keep everyone happy and of course we have so many options, so you have to give your all every day.”

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