Andy Townsend singles out the Chelsea player in Zenit win

Antonio Rudiger has a huge influence in the Chelsea team.

The German defender has been displaying consistent performances under Blues boss Thomas Tuchel.

The 28-year old’s career was resurrected after Tuchel’s arrival back in January.

He struggled for consistent game time under former manager Frank Lampard.

Rudiger has entered the final year of his contract and will significantly ask for a wage raise to stay in the West London side.

He has attracted interest from European heavyweights such as Bayern Munich, PSG and Real Madrid.

His performance against Zenit on Tuesday earned him praise from commentator Andy Townsend.

“You can’t imagine a successful Chelsea team without him,” he said during commentary for talkSPORT.

“He’s got those inspirational qualities, he gets people off their seats as a centre-half! There aren’t too many that do that.

“Every now and again he goes crazy and tries to hit one, blazing it out onto the King’s Road.

“But he’s just got that about him. He wants it. He wants to make something happen for the team when it’s all gone a bit quiet.

“And defensively, very few players get the better of him.”


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