'He's amazing at it': Micah Richards loves how aggressive £100k-a-week Chelsea star can be

Micah Richards has highlighted how aggressively Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger goes about his defensive work.

Rudiger, 28, is an all-action defender that’s a big fan favourite around Stamford Bridge, and a key figure in Thomas Tuchel’s starting line-up.

The £100,00-a-week centre-back is always front-footed when dealing with opposition players.

Richards loves the way the Germany international follows attackers plenty of yards up the pitch to stick close with them.

Rudiger injects the kind of energy and fire on the pitch that Chelsea supporters love. In contrast, defensive teammate Thiago Silva is the calming influence in the back three that sits deeper and is a lot more calculated with his aggression.

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“When you’re in Italy, and you’re defending, they always say ‘keep your shape and keep your line’. I think in the Premier League defenders are not bothered. A bit more aggressive. You see Rudiger he’s amazing at it. He follows strikers or midfielders all the way out and is happy to go,” Richards told BBC Radio 5 Live.

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Rudiger’s aggression vital to Chelsea

If you look back at Chelsea’s most successful teams over the past couple of decades, they’ve had some fiery characters that opponents hate facing. For instance, ex-Blues striker Diego Costa is someone that immediately springs to mind as the ultimate wind-up merchant.

Rudiger is one of the imposing characters in the current dressing room that will always be first on the scene in any confrontation.

There is going to be a big gap in the team if he ends up leaving in the summer, though.

The centre-half is still yet to extend his contract beyond the end of the season, so Chelsea risk being without him next year.

Tuchel’s side are reportedly still trying to arrange a new contract for Rudiger, but are struggling to match the same kind of financial package that others are prepared to offer.

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