Antonio Rudiger earned decent reviews from Germany’s journalists following his performance for the national team yesterday.
Chelsea’s commanding centre-back was in full flight for Joachim Low’s side as they beat Iceland 3-0 last night.
It got Die Mannschaft ‘s World Cup qualifying campaign off to a flyer and continued Rudiger’s excellent run for club and now country.
That meant the Blues ace had been involved in 12 clean sheets in his last 16 appearances.
The 28-year-old’s display was highlighted by Germany’s media outlets, particularly focusing on the vocal aspect of his game.
Sport Bild wrote: “The Löw demand that his players should speak more is implemented primarily by Rudiger and (Leon) Goretzka.
“They roar over even the loud Icelanders.”
FAZ.net had a similar response, saying Rudiger was a “Loud conductor of the defense.”
These statements are nothing new to Chelsea fans.
Thanks to the hollow stadiums, Rudiger’s voice can be heard far and wide as he barks instructions to his teammates.
He has become a leading figure for Thomas Tuchel, having been reinstated by the Blues boss following his exile under Frank Lampard.
Having senior players like the defender involved again was one of Tuchel’s very first demands after taking the Stamford Bridge job.
Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso have all been reimplemented and Chelsea are reaping the rewards because of it.
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I’m really struggling to work out why Chelsea are thinking of bringing another centre-back into the squad.
Andreas Christensen managed another clean sheet with Denmark. Rudiger was on it again. Marc Guehi is coming through.
Azpilicueta still has a few years left in the tank.
Save your pennies Roman and invest in – I don’t know – a Norwegian striker maybe?