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Name Antonio Rudiger
Gender Male
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Job xxxx Footballer
Desc Centre-backs aren’t normally the players who do the most sprinting on a team, so it’s a little surprising that Antonio Rudiger sits at the top of Chelsea’s list – particularly with pace further forward in Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 system in the form of N’Golo Kante, Willian and Pedro Rodriguez. That said, Rudiger’s speed across the ground was a key reason why the Premier League champions identified him as a good complement to their existing defensive options

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Club as Player Chelsea FC
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2020 01 11 Retrieve

[Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger talks ahead of their Round of 16 clash with Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League] For me Mauro Icardi, Harry Kane and Robert Lewandowski are the best No9s in recent years. Lewandowski seems to have gotten better this season

2020 04 11 Retrieve

[Chelsea defender Toni Rudiger on the first football kit he ever wore] It was a shirt I made for myself. My parents didn’t have so much money to buy me one so I made one for myself - it was number nine, George Weah. It was just a white t-shirt and I wrote the number nine and his name on the back

2020 04 23 Tweet

[Current coronavirus figures from the west African state show that there are 61 confirmed cases with six having recovered but there are likely many more instances which haven’t been reported] I am pleased to announce that my Foundation Antonio Rüdiger For Sierra Leone will be partnering with @madam_wokie and @LunchBoxGift to provide 60,000 face masks to low income market traders in Freetown, Sierra Leone. This will hopefully reduce the spread of Covid19

2020 06 22 Retrieve

[Antonio Rudiger says he played a part in convincing Timo Werner to come to Chelsea and compared the newly-signed striker to Leicester City star Jamie Vardy] I did speak to him before because we have known each other for a long time. We spoke a lot during the lockdown and he told me he was interested in coming to England. Of course then I did my bit, what I had to do. Like everyone, I’m very excited that he’s chosen Chelsea and I’m looking forward to working with him. I’ve known him since he was 17 and he did very good in the past few years. He can be very important for us

He’s a really big threat to defenders. RB Leipzig is a more counter-attacking team but in terms of attacking the defensive line, he’s similar to Vardy. He has a lot of pace and if the defender makes a mistake and loses the ball, then he goes! His development was just ‘wow’. In his first season everything was new for him in men’s football but then he started scoring more goals and of course with that comes confidence. He had very good coaches who believed in him and worked with him

2020 06 24 Retrieve

[Antonio Rudiger says he will be in trouble with Chelsea if Timo Werner fails to perform after adopting an agent role] Chelsea asked me for an assessment. I have known Timo for a long time. I made a clear recommendation to do everything possible to get him. From the next season on he will have to deliver, otherwise I will get trouble from the club afterwards

Although he [Werner] is not a classic penalty area striker, he has a certain robustness well suited to the toughness of English football. Counterattacking may have been more difficult for him at Bayern Munich or with a top Italian team, who are always dealing with opponents who sit very deep. Even outside the group of top clubs, many teams try to play positive and attacking football against us. This will give him the space he needs and hopefully he can use it as much as he did at Leipzig.