Antonio Rudiger sent a blunt warning to Thomas Tuchel and his Chelsea team-mates

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The centre-back has established himself as a key player under Thomas Tuchel, featuring in every game under the German coach.

Antonio Rudiger says his Chelsea team-mates must follow the strict tactical instructions of Thomas Tuchel during matches or face being left out of the Blues side entirely.

The centre-back has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of Tuchel’s arrival at Stamford Bridge the end of January following the sacking of Frank Lampard.

Rudiger has featured in every one of Tuchel’s ten games in charge and has established himself as an undisputed starter on the left side of Chelsea’s back three.

There has been a marked defensive improvement by the Blues under the German coach. Chelsea have conceded just twice following his appointment on January 26 despite taking on Tottenham Hotspur, Atletico Madrid and Liverpool in that time.

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As a result, the Blues have moved back into the Premier League’s top-four, hold a first-leg lead in their Champions League Round of 16 tie with Atletico Madrid, and have advanced into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, where they will take on Sheffield United.

Rudiger says the Blues’ upturn in form is down to the precise tactical instructions delivered to the players by Tuchel.

And if they’re not followed, the 28-year-old admits Chelsea’s players will swiftly be taken out of the side – as Callum Hudson-Odoi discovered in the draw with Southampton with the winger replaced just 30 minutes after coming on as a half-time substitute.

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“It’s all details, details,” Rudiger said in an interview with The Sun.

“If you don’t do what he tells you, you will find yourself on the outside. His message is just always to play our football. Like we are, to press high.

“He is making us feel that we should always stay calm, never worry, and he advises us exactly what to do. And this is what we are doing.”

Chelsea’s victory over Liverpool at Anfield on Thursday evening has put Tuchel’s side back in control of their top-four destiny in the Premier League.

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Yet that could all change tomorrow evening if the Blues suffer defeat to Everton, who are coached by former Chelsea head coach Carlo Ancelotti.

The Toffees occupy fifth-place in the top-flight table and sit one point behind Tuchel’s side with a game in-hand.

“It’s game by game,” Rudiger said over the race to finish in the Champions League positions. “But it is all in our hands. Top four can happen but it depends all on us.”


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