Tammy Abraham leaps to Chelsea pal Antonio Rudiger's defence over 'nonsense' criticism and claims over training antics

Posted Friday, January 29, 2021 by Thesun.co.uk

TAMMY ABRAHAM has come to the defence of teammate Antonio Rudiger after the Chelsea star was criticised on social media in the wake of Frank Lampard's sacking.

The Telegraph claims Rudiger was one of the most vocal players in Chelsea's Cobham training ground despite not featuring much under Lampard.

Tammy Abraham leaps to Chelsea pal Antonio Rudiger's defence over 'nonsense' criticism and claims over training antics
Tammy Abraham has defended Antonio Rudiger after he was criticised in the wake of Frank Lampard's sackingCredit: Getty Images - Getty

Rudiger was also named on social media alongside Jorginho, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Marcos Alonso as four senior exiled players not happy with Lampard's team selection.

It's also been claimed that Rudiger is the 'alpha male' in training, and some teammates feel his challenges can cross a line.

That also led to reports of occasional clashes between Rudiger and club captain Cesar Azpilicueta.

And the German came under heavy fire from fans after Lamps got the chop on Monday morning.

However, Abraham has taken to Twitter defending the centre-back.

He claims Rudiger is a 'big bro' to all the younger players.

And any talk of the defender stirring things up at training is 'complete nonsense'.

Abraham said: "Hearing some mad stuff about Antonio Rudiger on social media.

"Complete nonsense. Toni is a big bro to all of us."

Rudiger ironically started Lampard's last FOUR games in all competitions, which resulted in three wins.

The former Roma man was also part of Thomas Tuchel's first-ever XI in last night's 0-0 with Wolves.

Rudiger looks to have ousted Kurt Zouma from the line up after the Frenchman had established himself as Thiago Silva's partner at the back.

But with Tuchel opting for a three-man defence yesterday, there could be a chance for all of them to feature together at some point.

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