- Chelsea defender, Antonio Rudiger, has insisted that he was not attacking manager Antonio Conte personally last week
- Rudiger believes that he was dropped against Southampton because of the inicident
Chelsea defender, Antonio Rudiger, has insisted that he was not attacking manager Antonio Conte personally last week when a row between the duo was reported.
Rudiger who admitted he was dropped for victory at Southampton, after speaking out following their 1-1 draw with West Ham, said while speaking to ZDF: "That is why I was probably banned, but I did not mean the criticism that way."
"It was just a fact, it had nothing to do with tactics, I personally did not attack anyone, it meant to be for the team, I was a little surprised (that he was not selected). I think I have been in the last few months I played a lot, this was a short break."
Rudiger added: "Everything is just normal from my side, he's my coach, I have to respect him, and he's a very good coach."
NAIJ.com previously reported that Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger blamed the Blues manager Antonio Conte for his side’s 1-1 draw against West Ham United at the Stamford Bridge.
Cesar Azpilicueta put the hosts ahead in the 36th minute through an Alvaro Morata’s assist but they were unable to hold on to the lead as they conceded a 76th equalizer from substitute Javier Hernandez.
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