'That was big': Antonio Rudiger shares the very first words Tuchel said to him after taking over at Chelsea

Antonio Rudiger claims Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel immediately asked him about himself when he met him in 2021.

Tuchel, who took charge at Stamford Bridge as Blues manager in January 2021, has become a massive fan favourite by making a huge impact at the club.

One of his biggest successes so far has been how he’s helped Rudiger become one of Europe’s top defenders.

The 29-year-old centre-back has been a colossus during the past 18 months, which is why it’s absolutely gutting his Chelsea exit has been confirmed for the summer when his contract expires.

Photo by Alexander Hassenstein – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

Tuchel’s first words to Rudiger

As part of his farewell message to Chelsea, Rudiger has recalled his first meeting with Tuchel when he took charge in west London.

He explains the first words when he met him were a personal question asking him to speak him about himself.

For certain, the relationship between Tuchel and Rudiger has played a huge role in his top-quality performances at the back end of his Chelsea career.

“When Tuchel came in as manager and gave me a chance, it was a new life for me. Actually, he did something right away that I think a lot of managers could learn from. It had nothing to do with tactics. He just came up to me and he said, ‘Toni, tell me about yourself.'” Rudiger said.

“He wanted to know where my aggression and hunger came from, and I told him about growing up in Berlin-Neukölln and how I used to play so hard on the concrete pitches that all the older kids started calling me ‘Rambo.’ He asked about me, as a person. That was big.”

Photo by IAN WALTON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Fantastic Tuchel

It’s such a relief to have such a classy manager in place during quite a hectic period at Chelsea.

He’s handled the off-field drama superbly well, as well as doing his best to get the team competing at the top level on the pitch.

Let’s hope the German boss is given room to grow the squad in the summer because he’s got the potential to really compete with the best teams around.

His man-management has definitely stood out in a positive way, with so many individuals thriving under him.

Keep up to date with all the latest Chelsea news and opinion by following The Chelsea Chronicle’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.