'This is bigger than you': Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger sends stern message to Leicester City player

Antonio Rudiger said the “disrespectful” gesture from a certain Leicester City player gave Chelsea “motivation” in Tuesday’s 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge.

The 28-year-old was deservedly named the man of the match for his crucial role at both end of the pitch.

He scored the opening goal a couple of minutes into the second half but was also the busiest player in Chelsea’s defence. The centre-back made most tackles and interceptions (six in total) in the game.

Rudiger admitted that Chelsea did not show the same “power” in the FA Cup final defeat at Wembley, but it was not the case today.

Interestingly, Thomas Tuchel’s men might have derived that extra motivation from the Leicester City camp.


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“Unfortunately some of them [Leicester City players] don’t know how to celebrate,” the Germany international told Chelsea TV after the game.

“We had to punish them for this — 100 per cent.

“Some of them gave us motivation. Congratulations to them, they won [the FA Cup]. Celebrate and everything, but don’t disrespect a club’s history.

“This is a bit bigger than you.”

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Rudiger did not specifically mentioned it, but it was pretty obvious that he was referring to Leicester defender Daniel Amartey.

While the Foxes have already apologised, some Chelsea players were clearly still unhappy about the pennant incident.

During the heated touchline brawl, several Chelsea players, including Thiago Silva and Mason Mount, were seen having a few words with Amartey.

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