Real reason why Chelsea defender was dropped revealed

Adam Davy  PA Wire

Antonio Rudiger was axed from Chelsea's squad to face Southampton as punishment for publicly questioning supervisor Antonio Conte's methods.

After his comments, he was a notable omission from the matchday squad for the 3-2 win over Southampton at St Marys on Saturday, not even travelling to the south coast.

However, it is understood Conte took the decision because he was angry after Rudiger questioned his tactics after the draw against West Ham.

Rudiger said: "I think in the second half we [could] finish the game [off]".

But the Blues captain believes that is a gap that Conte's men - who've only won three of their last nine top-flight matches - will not be able to make up with so few games left of their campaign. For me, it is not easy to elucidate. I don't understand why after 1-0 we always drop and let the opponent get more ball possession'.


But when asked after the game why Rudiger had been dropped, Conte insisted the decision to omit him was "tactical".

The grand old Italian newspaper pick out a selection every week, whilst ignoring their own Serie A. There's usually some English interest, with Tuesday's selection having players from Burnley, Manchester City and Chelsea.

And varied Europe's prime golf tools are vulnerable to have been alerted by the plain fall-out between Rudiger and Conte.

The former Juventus coach has exiled a number of big names since, with Diego Costa dumped last summer while David Luiz remains out of the picture after clashing with Conte.

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