Antonio Rudiger has hailed the immediate impact of Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea after three consecutive wins, while appearing to make a subtle swipe towards Frank Lampard.
After the draw against Wolves in his first game in charge, Tuchel has helped the club to wins over Burnley, Tottenham and Sheffield, and he has started implementing his attacking philosophy on the team.
Tuchel took over at Chelsea following the sacking of club legend Frank Lampard amid a disappointing run of form.
Rudiger had been frozen out by Lampard, and he was even recently forced to shoot down ‘nonsense rumours’ that he played a major part in the former midfielder’s sack after the relationship between the two became strained.
But now with Tuchel incharge, the Germany international appeared to aim a subtle dig at Lampard after praising the new manager’s impact.
‘The most important impression he’s made is that he knows what he wants,’ Rudiger told Sky Germany when speaking about Thomas Tuchel.
‘He has his way of playing football, which is positive for many players. This is also reflected in the latest results This has been a good, positive start for him.’
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And Rudiger, who confirmed PSG’s loan interest in him as he looked to end his Chelsea nightmare under Lampard, has spoken about his relief at playing more games under the German coach.
He added: ‘At the end of the day you want to be on the pitch as a footballer.
‘As a footballer, you can’t be satisfied and you want more, you want to play so that’s been a real positive for me. He (Tuchel) wanted to bring me to PSG in the summer but otherwise we had not spoken.
‘I’ve only ever played against him so we didn’t know each other before.’