Antonio Rudiger says he much prefers the positive style of football that new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has implemented at the club. Sarri replaced Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge over the summer and Chelsea have got off to a lightening start, winning all four of their opening Premier League games.
Rudiger admits to being surprised by Chelsea’s start but believes the style of play has certainly gone down well in the Chelsea ranks.
“I played for Roma in Italy so I knew the way the manager liked to play and it was something I favoured. He wants us to press high compared to last season when everyone knows we sat back,” explained Rudiger.
“Now it is different. We create a lot of chances and for me that’s very good. Mostly he likes the defenders to play the ball short and keep possession.
“I have shown so far I can do it but I want to improve every day. He is a coach who is not happy, he is always saying you can do better, and that keeps you alive.
“To be honest, I’m surprised how well we’ve done because players like Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante had big World Cups and came back late for training. They are in good shape and that’s impressive.”