'Huge for us': Tuchel hints that £100k-a-week Chelsea star is going to play in the final two games this season
Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger will play the final two games if you read between the lines of his manager’s comments today.
With a top-four finish in the Premier League now secured, it’ll be interesting to see who Blues coach Thomas Tuchel selects in the two remaining matches of the 2021/22 season.
They host Leicester City on Thursday night before a home fixture against Watford on Sunday during the final day of the season.
Tuchel hinted in Wednesday’s press conference that Rudiger will continue in the starting line-up:
“Toni would deserve to play, there is no need to not give him the last matches because he was huge for us and influential,” Tuchel said.
Rudiger will play the final two games
Rudiger, who earns £100,000-a-week, should feel confident of two more starts to end his campaign.
It’s already confirmed the 29-year-old defender is leaving this summer, so some may argue it makes little sense to use him in the two remaining matches.
However, he would surely love to wave goodbye to the Blues fanbase in style.
He’s been so integral at centre-back this season with 52 appearances across all competitions, which is why everyone’s worried about how the team will shape up next year in defence without him.
Incidentally, Chelsea will reportedly look to fight it out to sign Sevilla’s centre-half Jules Kounde once a takeover is wrapped up.
Finish in style
Let’s hope the Blues can end the year strongly with two home victories.
It’s definitely an opportunity to improve their form at Stamford Bridge because they’ll need their home record to improve going into next season.
Chelsea are facing teams with very little to play for in Leicester and Watford, so hopefully there’s some attacking free-flowing football.