Rudiger: Putting it right

Antonio Rudiger says we need to take the positives from yesterday’s defeat against Burnley and work hard on the training ground over the coming week to ensure we are in the best possible shape to face Tottenham next Sunday.

It was a frustrating start to the Premier League campaign for Antonio Conte’s side, who were beaten 3-2 by Burnley and ended the game with nine players following dismissals for Gary Cahill, early on, and Cesc Fabregas, late in the game.

Having trailed 3-0 at half-time, the Blues showed fantastic spirit after the break, pulling two goals back through Alvaro Morata and David Luiz. Ultimately, though, we were unable to find the all-important equaliser.

‘To start the season with two red cards and a bad result is not good,’ Rudiger said.  ‘Of course everyone is disappointed because we wanted to win the first match of the season at home. We need to work because next week we have a tough opponent.

‘If you have a red card early in the game it’s a shock moment for everyone but we are all professionals and we need to do better in those kind of situations. We conceded three goals too easily.

‘We tried our best but at the end of the day football is about results and we lost.’

Rudiger, making his Premier League debut, started on the right-hand side of the back three but switched to the left when Andreas Christensen was introduced following Cahill’s red card.

He insists our focus now is on bouncing back when we take on Tottenham at Wembley next Sunday.

‘In the second half we deserve compliments because you saw a team who tried when it wasn’t easy and at the end of the match we had two men less.

‘We have to take the positives from the game, like the second half, work hard during the week and play a good match against Tottenham.’