Rudiger admits Manchester City's standards force Chelsea to play catch-up

Antonio Rudiger has admitted that Chelsea still have lots to do to compete with Manchester City and their consistency in the Premier League.

The Blues have just become the world champions after Saturday’s Club World Cup final win over Palmeiras.

They are also very close to adding another trophy to their list as they are going to face Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final in just a couple of weeks.

In the Premier League, however, they are now 16 points behind league leaders Manchester City after a disappointing run of results in December and January.

Blues defender Rudiger believes that, as it stands, Manchester City’s consistency forces the rest of the league, including Chelsea to play catch-up.

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“The Premier League is the toughest competition [of all] to be honest because Manchester City set a very high standard,” the Germany international told The Athletic.

“Manchester City set the standards so high that at the end of the day, you just have to [keep] winning games. The only way you can get them is by winning, winning, winning.

“They’re a great side definitely.

“At the minute you can maybe beat Manchester City for one, two, or three games, but we have to get to a point where we can go on a long marathon [like them].”

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Patience could be key to sustained Premier League title bid for Chelsea

As Rudiger pointed out, Pep Guardiola’s men are not exactly unbeatable — although, they have already convincingly defeated Chelsea twice this season.

It is just that they rarely slip.

Manchester City’s having a relatively clean bill of health this season, as well as incredible squad depth, has played a huge part, obviously, but they have been consistent for several years which suggests immaculate planning.

Unlike Chelsea, for example, whose squad consists of players who were brought in by different managers and different philosophies, the Manchester City squad is mostly Guardiola signings.

Perhaps, it is time that Chelsea try a different managerial policy and build the team around Thomas Tuchel’s footballing ideas.

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A Chelsea fan who loves football statistics. Studied sports journalism at the University of Sunderland.