Graeme Souness claims Chelsea player was “looking for a fight” against Leicester

Graeme Souness claimed that Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger was “looking for a fight” in Tuesday night’s win over Leicester City.

The Blues may have lost in the FA Cup final at the weekend to Leicester, but at least earned some form of revenge by beating them 2-1 last night in the Premier League.

As a selection of Chelsea fans returned to Stamford Bridge, Thomas Tuchel’s side earned three vital points against Leicester to leapfrog them in the league table into third.

Sky Sports pundit Souness named Rudiger as one individual that was fired up against Leicester.

It’s clear that the 28-year-old defender was out for revenge, as he delivered an aggressive performance and had a couple of altercations. 

However, he defended superbly alongside that aggression, and has been so important under German boss Tuchel.

“Rudiger has got to have a fight on the way home, he’s got to have some road rage – he was looking for a fight all night tonight.,” Souness told Sky Sports’ Main Event channel (10:45pm, 18 May)

“That set the tempo for everyone. He was really up for it tonight. I’m really disappointed in Leicester that no one fancied taking him on.”

Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images

The Chronicle View

If you are looking for the most improved player since Tuchel took charge, Rudiger is arguably number one.

The dominant centre-back looks a man mountain at times as the left-sided centre-half in the back three, which is why he’s become a nailed-on starter for the big games. 

He looks likely to be starting the Champions League final against Manchester City later this month barring any changes in his fitness, and it’s crazy to see the turnaround in him.

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