In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Antonio Rudiger talks about the Blues’ recent lack of consistency, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola builds up to Chelsea’s visit to the Etihad Stadium this weekend and Gonzalo Higuain is described as ‘the best striker in the world’ by his former captain.
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In an interview published by German magazine Kicker on Thursday, Antonio Rudiger spoke about Chelsea’s recent inconsistent form and how he and his team-mates must take responsibility and improve.
The German defender played in the Blues’ recent 4-0 loss at Bournemouth, our heaviest Premier League defeat since 1996, and insisted that he would not allow a repeat of that performance.
‘It's up to us now. What happened against Bournemouth must not happen again,’ said Rudiger in the interview as reported by ESPN FC.
‘Our biggest shortcoming is that we lost consistency. We always want [it], but sometimes not a lot works out. We go blank a bit currently, but it's no reason to talk everything down. I am not that kind of guy.
‘For a long time, Chelsea had a defensive approach. And you can't get used to something new overnight. Pep Guardiola's first year wasn't all that smooth as well.
‘We have been there when it mattered. We were the first team to beat Manchester City after all. We must be tougher.
‘By now, we have a lot of possession, but we need to get something dirty back in our game.’
Rudiger also spoke about racial abuse at games and praised Chelsea’s no-nonsense approach to dealing with the matter.
‘It's good Chelsea are pulling through with the bans for a few fans,’ he said. ‘But such people are everywhere. And I'd wish for other clubs to follow Chelsea's example.
‘You must punish them severely. And I appeal to everyone in the stadium to speak out against those people.’
‘Chelsea a big bull’ - Guardiola
Manchester City may have returned to the top of the Premier League after consecutive wins against Arsenal and Everton but their manager, Pep Guardiola, is expecting a more severe test when they host Chelsea at the Ettihad Stadium on Sunday.
The Spaniard used an interesting metaphor to describe the Blues, who were the first team to beat City in the Premier League this season back in December.
‘We started well with Arsenal and Everton but now comes a really, really big test -- a big bull,’ said Guardiola, as reported by ESPN FC.
‘Chelsea is an exceptional team with seven days to prepare that game. We will try. We have to prepare well.
‘This is a real final for us this weekend. If we are able to take these points, we are going to take a huge step forward.’
Romagnoli hails Higuain
AC Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli has described Gonzalo Higuain as the ‘best striker in the world’, but respects his decision to move to Chelsea on loan.
Speaking at an event in Italy, the defender said he was sad to see the Argentinian cut short his loan spell at the San Siro.
‘I still think he is the best striker in the world,’ said the defender, according to Calcio Mercato.
‘I am sorry he decided to leave but we respect his decision. He is a friend of mine and if he is happy, I am okay with it.
‘Now we have other players that won't make us regret his departure.’