Chelsea left Eden Hazard on the bench and still overwhelmed Stoke in a 5-0 win in the Premier League on Saturday, with the first three goals coming in the opening 23 minutes. Goals by Antonio Rudiger, Danny Drinkwater – with a thumping shot from the edge of the area – and Pedro Rodriguez put Chelsea in charge at Stamford Bridge. Willian converted a penalty to make it 4-0 before Davide Zappacosta completed the rout with a strike from outside the area.
Last night it was Rudiger’s turn to find the net with a header so well placed and weighted, any top striker would have been proud of it. It followed hot on the heels of Cesar Azpilicueta’s crucial goal that gave us the lead late on against Watford at the weekend.
Antonio Rudiger has called on his Chelsea team-mates to make amends for their shock loss against Burnley by bouncing back against title rivals Tottenham next weekend. Rudiger, who was making his Premier League debut following his close-season move from Roma, conceded his team’s response to Cahill’s sending off was not good enough.
Rudiger: “If you have a red card early in the game it’s a shock moment for everyone but we are all professionals and we need to do better in those kind of situations. We conceded three goals too easily. We tried our best but at the end of the day football is about results and we lost. We have to take the positives from the game, like the second half, work hard during the week and play a good match against Tottenham.”