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.
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.”