Joe Cole singled out the ‘exceptional’ Antonio Rudiger for praise after Chelsea dominated Saturday’s Premier League match in opposition to Newcastle and moved, quickly at the least, to the highest of the desk.
An personal objective from Federico Fernandez set Chelsea on their method and, after the guests missed a number of probabilities, Tammy Abraham sealed three factors, capitalising on excellent method play from Timo Werner.
Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was not often troubled on the different finish and stored his seventh clear sheet in 9 appearances with Rudiger stepping in beautifully for Thiago Silva ,who wasn’t risked by his supervisor following his involvement with Brazil over the worldwide break.
Rudiger got here near leaving Chelsea in the summertime however gave a commanding efficiency on the coronary heart of his facet’s defence in what was his first Premier League look of the marketing campaign and Cole felt the Germany worldwide’s show spoke volumes for his professionalism.
He advised BT Sport: ‘It’s the character of the beast once you’re at a membership like Chelsea or any of the large boys, you understand each summer season they’re bringing in gamers to strengthen.
‘They’re not bringing in gamers to return and sit on the bench, they’re bringing in gamers to make an impression on the pitch.
‘Rudiger is a difficult one because he’s been captain and he’s a senior participant however you need to give credit score the place credit score is due.
‘It’s a troublesome day for him. He’s are available and pitched it proper. It seemed like the most important credit score I may pay him is that Thiago Silva wasn’t even missed one bit. He simply got here in did his job and it was an distinctive efficiency.’
Silva, 36, performed twice for his nation over the course of the final fortnight and forward of the sport Lampard defined it was a ‘smart’ resolution to take a calculated danger and go away him out of the staff.
‘He travelled back from south america it was a long journey he arrived back on Thursday afternoon,’ he mentioned. ‘I think it was a smart thing. We’ve received gamers, we’ve received a squad, Toni Rudiger is available in. We’ve received centre-backs and we wish gamers to return in and hold the identical ranges.
‘Thiago has set a fantastic standard, we’ve received the age scenario we’ve to look after him right here and there so he drops out.’
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