Rudiger: Difficult but determined

Toni Rudiger, despite being part of the Chelsea defence which kept a third straight clean sheet and a seventh in the past nine games, took little consolation from the latest shut-out as the team did not gather the three points against Leicester.

Yesterday’s 0-0 Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge followed on from the same result in our previous two games in two different cup competitions. Although it was the first time the Blues had not won in the league in eight home games, Rudiger spoke openly about the disappointment.

‘Honestly, I prefer that we win this game and concede a goal, at least we would have the three points,’ said the German international on the subject of the defensive record.

‘Of course we are disappointed with the performance and I think we are lucky that Leicester did not score in the first half. We cannot be happy with the last few weeks. It is difficult weeks for everyone and there are lots of mistakes that we are doing.’

Looking ahead with optimism however, Rudiger believes it will not take much for the side to be firing on all cylinders once again.

‘It is like this sometimes. You just need that one moment. At the moment it is difficult but we have to go for it.’