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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger DROPPED for Southampton

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger DROPPED for Southampton”

Antonio Rudiger was axed from Chelsea's squad to face Southampton as punishment for publicly questioning supervisor Antonio Conte's methods.

Germany worldwide Rudiger was replaced by Andreas Christensen in the starting XI and not on the bench despite being fully fit, with Conte saying it was a "tactical decision".

Following the Blues' 1-1 draw with West Ham United, Rudiger questioned why his side took their foot off the gas after going a goal ahead.

Rudiger said he had not intended it to be that but added that it was the likeliest explanation for his demotion from the team.

"I was a player, and the players must play every game, and not for me, but for the club, and for the fans", Conte said. But I didn't mean it that way.

"I must be honest and I was very angry with our first half because we did not show great desire, great will to fight and will to play in the right way".

In the second half we showed great character and reaction and desire to win the game. "This was a little break".

Olivier Giroud came on and in a frantic 10 minute period, he had scored twice to help the former Premier League champions come back and win 3-2.

"After the first half I was very disappointed but I am the coach and if the desire is not right and we can not fight in the right way, I am the first person to take responsibility". And he's a very, very good coach'.

Rudiger has been one of our most improved players this season.

'Not winning it would not be worthy of Chelsea, ' the German defender said.

'I think it would be a good reconciliation [with the supporters] with the FA Cup'.



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