According to stats, Chelsea’s defence is solid when with Antonio Rudiger than without the Germany international.
The Blues have conceded 26 goals in 19 Premier League without the German this season (1.4 per game) compared to 7 goals in the 17 games with him (0.4 per game).
The two defeats in the league under Thomas Tuchel – 5-2 defeat to West Brom and 1-0 defeat to Arsenal – didn’t have Rudiger in the team. Coincidentally, both defeats had Kurt Zouma playing in the left side of Chelsea’s back three.
Rudiger definitely has to start the four games left for the Blues this season.