- Antonio Rudiger says he prefers Maurizio Sarri's style to Conte
- The German defender has been a regular for Chelsea this term
- The 25-year-old also said Hazard is a better player than Mbappe
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has revealed he prefers the positive football of new manager Maurizio Sarri to Antonio Conte.
Sarri has won all four opening matches and Rudiger has featured in every game in a reshuffled back-four alongside David Luiz.
"I played for Roma in Italy so I knew the way the manager liked to play and it was something I favoured. He wants us to press high compared to last season when everyone knows we sat back,' explained Rudiger.
"Now it is different. We create a lot of chances and for me that's very good. Mostly he likes the defenders to play the ball short and keep possession. I have shown so far I can do it but I want to improve every day. He is a coach who is not happy, he is always saying you can do better, and that keeps you alive.
"To be honest, I'm surprised how well we've done because players like Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante had big World Cups and came back late for training. They are in good shape and that's impressive."
Chelsea will expected to dispatch newly-promoted side Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge to continue their 100 percent start of the season on Saturday.
The 25-year-old came up against teammate Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe in Germany's goalless draw against France in Munich on Thursday night.
He believes the Frenchman, being used a substitute by Sarri still has a big part to play at Stamford Bridge this season.
"I like him as a striker, he is tough and loves to use his body. Alvaro (Morata) trained the whole pre-season when Giroud was late after the World Cup. But Olivier can be very important for us like he was at the end of last season. If he starts scoring, it will be a good competition for them."
As for star man Hazard, the German defender paid him the ultimate compliment by claiming he is better than the brilliant Mbappe.
"Mbappe is unbelievably fast, really good. To stop him, you have to do it as a team because alone, good luck! But for me the best in the world is Messi, then Hazard."
Rudiger was asked to play at left-back by Germany coach Joachim Low in midweek. "I will never say "No" and I think I did well there but everyone knows I am a central defender,"
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Germany defender Antonio Rudiger has apologized to France star Benjamin Pavard after catching him with his studs during last night's friendly draw.
The 25-year-old took to his social media handle to plead his innocence and confirmed he had apologised to Pavard after leaving stud marks on him.
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