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Rudiger: Heading on up

Antonio Rudiger had two reasons to be pleased as he assessed our Carabao Cup fourth round victory over Everton at Stamford Bridge.

It was our German defender who impressively put us ahead with a header that mixed strength and subtlety. Not only that, it opened his account for the Blues and set us on the path to a well-earned victory and a place in the quarter-finals.

‘First of all, I am very, very happy we won the match and I could contribute to the result,’ Rudiger said.

‘I am very happy to score my first goal for Chelsea. The thing is, I didn’t see the ball because of the light. I was looking up. It was a good header but a bit of luck also as well.

‘They had two or three chances, that’s it. We gave away the game a bit in the second half, Everton had more ball possession, and one time they scored but the important thing is we won.’

At 24 years of age, Rudiger was one of the more experienced heads in Chelsea blue, and he noted afterwards the dual significance of this competition that we last won in 2015.

‘You can win a trophy, so you have to be motivated. It was a big chance as well for young players like Ampadu, Musonda and Kenedy.

‘Everyone has to be motivated and for our club this is the fastest way to win something, so we have to go for it.’

When it comes to who our next opponents in the Carabao Cup, which we will find out when the draw is made at 4pm UK time today, Rudiger is quite simply not fussed.

‘I don’t care; it can be anyone!’

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