Rudiger says he has 'no idea' why he was dropped

Antonio Rudiger criticised Antonio Conte's tactics in Chelsea's 1-1 draw with West Ham

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger says he was fully fit to face Southampton on Saturday.

It remains to be seen if he would be tempted by a return to the Stamford Bridge, though the chance to prove himself in the Premier League again, should Chelsea be unable to land their other top targets, will nearly certainly give him plenty to deliberate.

When quizzed why he was omitted from the squad on Saturday, Rudiger told German TV show Das aktuelle Sportstudio: "I have no idea".

'Nonetheless like the last few months, we didn't and we (conceded). For me, it's not easy to explain. I don't understand why after 1-Zero we on a regular basis drop and let the opponent get further ball possession'.

Conte admitted his side had delivered a "very disappointing" first-half performance at St Mary's in his post-match interview but added his praise for his players' response.

Asked why he was not in the squad, he said: "I have no idea".

Conte responded by leaving Rudiger out of his squad for Saturday's 3-2 win at Southampton
Conte responded by leaving Rudiger out of his squad for Saturday's 3-2 win at Southampton

"It was a fact, it wasn't about the tactics".

"I must be honest and I was very angry with our first half because we did not show great desire, great will to fight and will to play in the right way". The player must play every game not for me, but for the club and for the fans. "This was a little break".

It seemed as if Chelsea's poor season was about to slump to even lower depths with just 20 minutes left of their Premier League fixture away to Southampton yesterday.

"After the first half I was very disappointed but I am the coach and if the desire is not right and we can not fight in the right way, I am the first person to take responsibility".

And Celtic boss Rodgers, who worked at Stamford Bridge as a coach during Jose Mourinho's first spell in charge, is also very much at the forefront of Chelsea's thinking.

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