A handful of Chelsea supporters on social media were amazed by a recently recovered statistic involving Antonio Rudiger and Alphonse Areola.
According to WhoScored.com, Rudiger was dribbled past on fewer occasions (three) than West Ham United’s latest recruit (four) in the Premier League last year.
Considering one is a central defender and the other is a goalkeeper, this comparison certainly makes for interesting reading.
Rudiger was an absolute rock after he was reinstalled by Thomas Tuchel in January, leaving challengers in his wake of destruction.
Areola performed admirably for a struggling Fulham side, with only four ‘keepers making more saves than the France international (116).
Yet, he was evidently rounded one too many times by opponents, causing this unfortunate stat to rise from its data depths.
Blues fans were grateful for this to surface, partly because it threw shade on West Ham, but also because it indicated Rudiger’s dominance.
Here’s how they reacted on Twitter:
Ridiculous stats 🥴— || 𝙰𝚜𝚠𝚒𝚗 𝚌𝚑𝚎𝚕𝚜𝚎𝚊 💙 (@Aswin28180098) July 29, 2021
😂😂😂😂— Mr Ashia (@lebmyxcha) July 29, 2021
Revelling in Rudiger’s excellence became a big theme throughout Tuchel’s reign in charge.
The German returned to the team after a period of exclusion by Frank Lampard and grabbed his chance firmly with both hands.
Chelsea conceded just ten times in the league whilst the 28-year-old was in attendance last term.
They also kept 11 clean sheets and lost just twice in the 19 matches he featured in.
In terms of the Champions League, Rudiger allowed a mere three goals to slip by him during the run to the final.
It seems absurd that the Stamford Bridge hierarchy have yet to make a decision over his contract, which runs out next June.