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Toni Rudiger on playing for the manager and leadership in the team

Toni Rudiger is hoping we can secure the victory against Malmo which will book our place in the last 16 of the Europa League, as well as producing a high-quality performance to enhance confidence levels ahead of Sunday’s Carabao Cup final.

The Blues, leading 2-1 from the first leg, welcome our Swedish opponents to Stamford Bridge tomorrow for the second home game in the space of four days, following our FA Cup exit at the hands of Manchester United on Monday.

It was another disappointing defeat, following recent losses to Manchester City and Bournemouth, and Rudiger, who was speaking at the pre-match press conference, explained how we can improve.

‘It’s been a tough few weeks for us,’ said the German defender. ‘How do we fix it? The easiest thing is to get results because it’s all based on results. When we were getting results nobody was talking about these things we are today. We didn’t get the best results and also we had too many ups and downs, which has caused our situation today.

‘We are always working in training and trying to do better each day, but I think right now it’s about confidence, not the tactical aspect, and also underperforming.

‘You always play for your manager but first of all you want results, you want to win. There is no player on earth that wants the results we’ve had.’

For Rudiger, tomorrow’s game is the first of two crucial fixtures in a four-day period

‘First of all let’s speak about the game tomorrow which is very important because we want to stay in the competition and fight for the trophy.

‘On Sunday it’s a big game at Wembley against City and that will show our truth, or way, for the season. The truth in terms of keeping up with opponents like City, but also Liverpool and Tottenham.’

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Rudiger was asked if there are enough leaders in the side

‘Of course people like to say that because we had leaders before, which is fair enough, but we were not talking about leaders on our unbeaten run, so for me it’s all based on results because if you have the results we are not speaking about leaders.

‘It’s also hard to replace people like John Terry, who was captain here and a leader, but at the end of the day we have to try to follow in the footsteps of these players.’
 

The centre-back said simply winning matches is the only way to ensure the supporters are happy

‘Of course it’s always important that the fans are with us. Sometimes, like at City, you can understand they are furious but at the end of the day I can’t do anything about the emotions of the fans, no player can.

‘What we can do is get back to getting results, then we will always have them behind us, even though they are always behind us anyway because they are still coming to the stadium. It’s based on our performances and the results we get.’

Despite our 2-1 lead, Rudiger believes there is still plenty of work to be done tomorrow if we are to progress

‘We need to be prepared because the game is not over, nothing is decided. Then looking forward to the cup final we need to gain confidence and have a good performance.’
 

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