Rudiger: Sarri Keeps You Alive

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Antonio Rudiger is pleased with Maurizio Sarri’s style of play and prefers it to that of former manager, Antonio Conte.

The Germany international has hailed the attacking style of the former Napoli coach.

Chelsea have won four of four games so far this season, with Sarri’s passing style favouring the squad and Rudiger is pleased with the Italian.

“I played for Roma in Italy so I knew the way the manager liked to play and it was something I favoured,” he told the Mail on Sunday. “He wants us to press high compared to last season when everyone knows we sat back.

“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.”



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