German news outlet Sport1 described Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger as a new leader in the national team after his impressive performance in the 1-0 win over Romania on Sunday.
Things are going pretty well for the 28-year-old at both club and international level.
Having reclaimed his spot at Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel, Rudiger has also started regularly for Germany under Joachim Low
He deserves all the credit, though, since he earned these managers’ trust through performance.
Not only that, he seems to have impressed his home country’s media, particularly with his emergence as a leader.
In their performance rating article, the people at Sport1 called Rudiger a “vociferous defensive chief”.
They highlighted how Rudiger was very vocal, constantly shouting: “Move out!”, “Hold the line”, “Get stuck in!” at his defensive partners throughout the game.
They even believe that Rudiger has practically cemented his place in the Germany team for the upcoming Euros after his recent strong performances.
Being one of the few senior figures at Chelsea, the former Roma defender naturally shoulders responsibility to lead the group in the dressing room.
Playing and training alongside Thiago Silva, who is famous for his leadership qualities, might have also helped Rudiger’s personal development.
And it can only be beneficial for Chelsea to have more leaders in the dressing room.