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Garth Crooks has hailed Antonio Rudiger as Chelsea’s best defender.
According to Crooks, Frank Lampard lost his Chelsea job because he banished Rudiger from the team.
Speaking to the BBC, Garth Crooks said: “His performance against Real Madrid in midweek was outstanding. I have often said, the no-nonsense German international is the best defender in the club and his performances this season have proved it.
“I don’t know what took place between Frank Lampard and Antonio Rudiger during the early part of the season, when the German was left out for no apparent reason, but it seems to have cost Lampard dearly.
“Rudiger is the one consistent Chelsea defender who seems to be holding it all together for them at the moment. At 36, Thiago Silva is used sparingly, Cesar Azpilicueta comes in and out and so does Kurt Zouma, while Andreas Christensen is out injured. That leaves Rudiger and I wouldn’t mess with him.”