Lescott claims Chelsea defender looked very 'uncomfortable' vs Manchester City

Former Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott said Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger looked “uncomfortable” defending against Gabriel Jesus in the 1-0 defeat on Saturday.

Gabriel Jesus unsurprisingly stole the spotlight after scoring the winning and only goal in the game at Stamford Bridge.

The 24-year-old, who mostly operated on the right flank in the game, certainly caused some problems for Chelsea and could have scored more goals given how the visitors dominated the game.

Lescott highlighted how Rudiger, who is very solid on the left side in Chelsea’s back three, had a hard time dealing with the Brazil international.

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“That’s as uncomfortable as I’ve seen Rudiger play against anyone,” Lescott told BT Sport after the game.

“He [Gabriel Jesus] was trying to bully him, matching him up, facing him, driving at him.

“Not many forward players have done that to Rudiger.”

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While Gabriel Jesus indeed had two big chances in the game, Rudiger actually played quite well despite often having to cover spaces left by Marcos Alonso’s overlapping runs as well.

The Germany international still made three interceptions and did not let any Manchester City dribble past him throughout the game.

It was just that Pep Guardiola’s men had overwhelming control of the game that Chelsea defenders were often outnumbered even inside their defensive third of the field.

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