Chelsea: Tuchel sees Rudiger’s departure as a big loss

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Undisputed in defense since coming onto the bench from Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea in the winter of 2021, Antonio Rudiger will leave the Blues at the end of the season. A decision far from mesmerizing his coach, who shared his disappointment at a news conference this Wednesday.

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Antonio Rudiger (29) will be sorely missed by Chelsea’s defence, of which he has now become an essential link, shortly before Thomas Tuchel arrives on the sidelines in the winter of 2021. Free to join the club of his choice at the end of the season, the defender has decided not to extend his contract and takes on a new challenge.

If the identity of the future club is not yet known, Real Madrid appears to be in pole position in this file. A reality was slightly appreciated by Thomas Tuchel, who, at a press conference this Wednesday, shared his dismay at the idea of ​​leaving one of his officers, particularly because of his leadership: “No one likes this decision. But we have to admit.” He gives confidence to everyone in the dressing room. He is a unique character and he plays at an extraordinary level. He draws attention to himself sometimes, he likes responsibility”, as clarified by the former PSG coach.

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“life will go on”

Despite this disappointment, Tuchel intends to move on quickly and adapt to life without Rudiger: “From pre-season to the next season, life will go on, whether we’re happy about it or not, and I’m always happy about it.” I will be involved in the thing. My heart and all my knowledge.”

It remains to be seen what solution the Chelsea leader will choose to replace the German. Especially since Andreas Christensen, who has been out of contract since at least June, has a good chance of copying his friend in defense. If the situation seems dire, Tuchel wants to be optimistic about the future: “We will try to make the most of the team that we have (…) I will fall in love with the team I have and take it forward.” Will increase. Max.”

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While waiting for the end of the championship, Rudiger will certainly be keen to ensure qualification for the next Champions League, third in the Premier League. Seven points ahead of fifth Tottenham, the mission seems to have started well.

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