Martin Keown describes Chelsea star as 'nuisance to play against' after Leeds win
Martin Keown has hailed Chelsea “leader” Antonio Rudiger for his strong, impactful display in the Blues 3-2 win over Leeds United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The Blues conceded their ninth and tenth goals in their last five games at the weekend, which is rather uncharacteristic, but they secured the win, and that is what matters in the end.
Rudiger’s combative defending arguably played a part in Leeds’ second equaliser as he was caught out of position after chasing the ball in midfield area, but he certainly made amends after winning two crucial penalties.
Keown, who was impressed by the 28-year-old’s performance, seems to be a fan of Rudiger’s play style.
“He’s a real driving force for Chelsea — I love watching him play,” the former Arsenal defender said about Rudiger on BBC MOTD.
“I was an aggressive defender myself, but I think this guy takes it to another level.
“Whenever he gets the ball, he likes to run forward, and the fans love him because it makes things happen.
“He’s a nuisance to play against.
“Defensively, he’s so aggressive. He just shuts the door. So aggressive, strong, and he leads from the back.”
Thomas Tuchel also praised Rudiger’s winner mentality in the post-match press conference, highlighting the defender’s desire to win.
“He’s always important and he did not accept today to lose, which was necessary,” the Chelsea boss told the media (via the club’s official website).
“We expected that it can be an intense match for Toni and Azpi because of the very unique style of defending.”