Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger revealead how the Blues manager Maurizio Sarri inspired him and his team-mates before the Premier League game vs Manchester City.
“[Sarri] was very calm and clear-minded. He spoke with us and made it clear that we have to believe in ourselves. He wanted us to go into the City game looking for the win”. Rudiger explained. “We spoke together. We all knew what was going on, we didn’t have to lie to ourselves: the mentality was the problem”.
On the other hand, Sarri’s reaction was very different after Wednesday’s loss vs Wolverhampton: “After the Wolves game, he [Sarri] was terrifying,” the Blues defender said. “He was going crazy. But that was okay because we shouldn’t have lost this match”.
Also Antonio Rudiger admitted that vs Manchester City, Chelsea was able to find again a very important “feature” from last season: “One of the things that made us strong in difficult moments last season was that we knew how to suffer. This season, because things were going so good, we were thinking, ‘We don’t need to suffer’”. Rudiger claimed. “Two teams, Tottenham and Wolves, proved us wrong. That’s why, against Manchester City, everyone saw a team that was ready to fight. We wanted to take the supporters with us and we did that. By ‘suffering’, what I mean is when we are having a tough time, we need to man up, keep our chins up and work. We were playing beautiful football at the start of the season, but that doesn’t mean you forget the ugly side of it: winning tackles, tracking back, doing everything defensively. Against Manchester City, we were very clinical, which was also important. That has been missing over the last month, but against City, we did something out of nothing.”