Rudiger reveals why defending is easier under Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel

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Chelsea have been solid defensively under Thomas Tuchel, with the Blues conceding just two goals since the German replaced Frank Lampard as Chelsea boss.

According to Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, defending under Tuchel is easier because the German tactician insists on trying to play as much of the ball in the opposition half.

Rudiger said: “It gives us maybe a little bit less stress behind. If you keep the opponent in their own half, even if they counter-attack, they still have to go 70-80 metres to our goal.

“I think that makes sense, to keep them high up the pitch, in their own half, as much as you can.”

He added: “When a team keeps you in your own half it’s very hard to go over the middle line.

“Liverpool did this so well in the last few years and this is because of Klopp. In Germany many teams play like this. Bayern Munich as well.

“What’s always been there is this counter-pressing. In those five seconds after you lose the ball, to try to win it back and then spaces open up and you are closer to the goal when you win it too.

“You don’t need to be going 70 metres to goal. You are already there.

“I think you can see the impact it had if you look at the results of the German national team – winning the World Cup in 2014.”

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