Rudiger: Work will pay off

Toni Rudiger is backing team-mate Alvaro Morata to score goals that matter in the coming weeks, with some big games on the horizon. 

The centre-forward has 12 to his name so far in his first season in English football, including two in his past five starts, and although the last three have not yielded strikes from the Spaniard and the team as a whole have recorded back-to-back 0-0 draws, Rudiger, whose career overlapped with Morata’s previously when they were on opposite sides in Serie A, is unconcerned.

‘The whole team is with him [Morata] and I think I can speak as well for the fans, they are also with him,’ said the German defender.

‘I hope all the best for him and as a striker it is like this, sometimes you score, sometimes you don’t score, but his effort for the team is good and he always tries, and I think if he scores one again then everything will be fine.

‘What I will say to him is to continue to work for the team as you always do and the luck will come again, so I'm not worried about him. We saw when he played against Bournemouth in the cup, he had one chance and he scored. When he does this again, everything will be okay.’

Rudiger of course is also in his first season at Stamford Bridge and he gave an update on how he is settling in.

‘I think my start wasn’t bad here, I am very pleased with it and my aim is always to help the team and I am happy that I am improving and scoring goals as well,’ he said.  

‘I'm still young so there is a lot of space for improvement and I'm working hard every day.’