- Antonio Rudiger fell down the pecking order at Chelsea under Frank Lampard
- He talked about how “other ideas” got in the way and how he wanted to leave.
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Antonio Rudiger has shed some light on Frank Lampard’s reign as Chelsea manager between 2019 and 2021.
Lampard led Chelsea to fourth place in the Premier League under a transfer embargo before being sacked in his second season.
He later returned as interim boss at the end of last season, but Rudiger had already left.
Rudiger lost his regular starting status under Lampard and replaced Lampard’s preferred pairing of Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen.
He said: ‘To be honest, I still can’t say exactly what happened then. That’s part of football.
Antonio Rudiger has spoken about his difficulties getting playing time under Frank Lampard at Chelsea.
Lampard was Chelsea’s permanent manager from 2019 to 2021, but reduced Rudiger’s playing time in his second season.
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‘Maybe he (Lampard) had other ideas or saw other players better. But the good thing about football is that the answer is on the field and I think I gave the perfect answer.
“Nothing like this has ever happened to me in my career. I even played with Lampard again at the end of his tenure. Let me put it this way: if at any point he doesn’t fit in, then he doesn’t fit in anymore. But no footballer in this world loses on purpose.
‘I really wanted to leave. I wanted to go. I wanted to join Paris Saint-Germain, that was my wish,
Rudiger explained that he wanted to move to PSG to work with Thomas Tuhcel, whom he considered to have “honest manners.”
While he didn’t get his dream move, Lampard was sacked in January 2021 and Tuchel was named his replacement, so in a way he got what he wanted.
Rudiger wanted to join Thomas Tuchel at PSG, but the German manager replaced Lampard at Chelsea and led them to Champions League glory.
Tuchel’s reign at Stamford Bridge saw Rudiger restored to the starting line-up and he remained in west London until the summer of 2022, when he moved to Real Madrid.
In the 2020/21 season, Chelsea won the Champions League under Tuchel, as the German manager had a similar impact to Roberto Di Matteo in 2012.