Frank Lampard hands Antonio Rudiger lifeline at Chelsea by claiming the out-of-favour defender can work his way back into his plans at Stamford Bridge… just days after he came close to leaving the Blues
- Frank Lampard says Antonio Rudiger can work his way back into his starting XI
- The German defender has fallen out of favour under Lampard at Chelsea
- Rudiger came close to leaving Stamford Bridge in the summer transfer window
Frank Lampard says Antonio Rudiger’s Chelsea career is not over and that the defender can work his way out of the cold and into his team.
Tottenham were among the clubs interested in offering him a lifeline in the last window, with the 27-year-old having not appeared for the Blues this season.
He stayed, however, and is now going to have to impress Lampard in training to get minutes.
Frank Lampard says Antonio Rudiger can work his way back into his starting XI at Chelsea
Lampard has opted not to use Rudiger so far this season but says his Chelsea career isn’t over
‘Every player can play his way into the XI, the squad,’ Lampard said when asked about Rudiger, who has not appeared in a squad since the season’s opening day.
‘That’s in every players’ hands. The things I do are for the best of the team and the club. The players know that. The beauty of the window now being shut is we can get to work, we know what the squad is. Toni is the same as every other player on that one.’
At the other end of the pitch, Hakim Ziyech is set to appear for Chelsea against Southampton on Saturday – but is not fit enough to start.
Lampard was pleased to see Ziyech get some minutes for Morocco during the international break, and said: ‘We brought Hakim here what feels like a long time ago.
Hakim Ziyech is set to appear against Southampton on Saturday – but is not fit enough to start
‘He’s been fantastic in terms of professionalism, to get fit. I’m excited to get him in and around, for what we brought him to the club for.’
Meanwhile, Lampard has reminded Tammy Abraham and Ben Chilwell of their responsibilities after they were caught breaking lockdown rules by attending a birthday party.
‘We’ve lived in these bubbles for quite a long time now and we have to make sure we stay on point with that,’ Lampard said.
‘The players have a responsibility along with the public to follow the rules. I reminded them of their responsibilities. They understood their mistakes and we move on. I expect it won’t happen again.’