Chelsea warrior told to thank Thomas Tuchel for saving his career

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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has been told to thank Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel for saving his career.

Rudiger is in the final year of his contract with the club, and is attracting massive interest from PSG and Bayern Munich.

By this time last year, Rudiger was sitting on the Chelsea bench under Frank Lampard, but the appointment of Thomas Tuchel has seen Rudiger play his best football in a Chelsea shirt and is now seen as one of the best defenders in the league.

Former Chelsea centre-back William Gallas has hailed Rudiger as a warrior who gives his all on the pitch, but believes that the 28-year-old must thank Tuchel for helping him get back his career on track.

Gallas told GentingBet: “Last season he had a great season with Chelsea. He played very, very well. He was very strong. He has to thank Tuchel. Since Tuchel has been managing Chelsea we’ve seen a new Rudiger. When you play with a player like him you know you can go to war.

“He is very important for Chelsea. With his performances they won the Champions League. You know that this guy is going to give everything for the shirt he’s wearing. He’s unbelievable. He’s a warrior.

“And they’ve started this season very well. If he’s consistent I’m sure he will be at the same level as van Dijk.

“When Tuchel arrived, everything changed for him. Maybe he gave up a little bit when he was on the bench. I prefer to see the players who are fighting for the position.

“I know what I’m talking about because I was in that situation with Jose Mourinho when he arrived at Chelsea, and he arrived with Paulo Ferreira and Ricardo Carvalho, and it was not easy for me at the beginning but because I had such a strong personality and a strong character I showed Jose I can play in the starting 11.

“I was fighting during every training session and playing under pressure because I knew if I made one mistake then I’d be on the bench for the next game.

“That’s why I’m not really agreeing with the players who give up when the manager puts them under pressure. it’s fine because now he plays, and Chelsea are very strong. It’s good for Chelsea.”

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