Rudiger reveals his parents predicted a Roma draw

Antonio Rudiger
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea in action during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Watford at Stamford Bridge on October 21, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

The defender is happy with his start for the Blues so far and admits he does not mind winning ugly.

Chelsea full-back Antonio Rudiger admits his parents managed to guess one of his team’s opponents in Europe after the Premier League champions got into a group with AS Roma.

The Germany international completed a £34m switch to Stamford Bridge during the summer and has already made a positive impact at his new team, netting an important goal against Everton in the Carabao Cup. Rudiger, who helped his team record a clean sheet for the first time since September 23, revealed that his parents knew Chelsea and Roma will meet in the Champions League.

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Speaking ahead of the Tuesday clash between the two sides, Rudiger stated: “I spoke to my parents and they told me ‘you will get Roma’. They just said ‘for sure, you will get Roma’. It always happens like this. The ex-[player] plays against the ex-[club]. It happens.” – as quoted by Goal.

Chelsea’s full-back also noted that he was really happy to go back to Italy and meet his old team: “It was like this and I was happy and I am happy to go on Monday to Rome, to go there and play against my old team because I have a big respect [for them]. I had two wonderful years there with ups and downs with injuries.”

Yet, he acknowledged the strengths of the Italians and warned his team-mates to prepare for a tough fight in Italy: “They came to Stamford Bridge and had more possession than we did. Also we saw that [Edin] Dzeko is a very, very dangerous striker. We saw him in the Premier League, everyone knows him. [Aleksandar] Kolarov at the back has a lot of power and we need to be ready in that stadium because it [the atmosphere in the stadium] will be very hot.”