Antonio Rudiger tells Thomas Tuchel two Chelsea players Chelsea he can’t be without after Wolves

Chelsea drew their second Premier league game in a row on Sunday evening as their clash with Wolves finished in a 0-0 draw but Antonio Rudiger had plenty of praise for two of his teammates.

The stalemate followed on from a 1-1 draw with Everton at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night, with Thomas Tuchel‘s men now sat six points behind Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the title race.

Several players missed the trip to Molineux after testing positive for Covid-19, while Jorginho was also not risked after providing an inconclusive result – although the Italian was back in training on Monday.

It was a rather drab affair in the west Midlands with Tuchel’s makeshift side taking a while to grow into the game.

With so many players missing, centre-back Trevoh Chalobah was forced to partner N’Golo Kante in midfielder, who was also not ready to play for more than 45 minutes, according to his boss.

“We had a strong recommendation to play 45 [minutes] which we simply ignored and let him [Kante] on the pitch because, come on, we have seven players out with Covid, injured players out,” Tuchel admitted after the game.

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“It was not the moment to take one of the world’s best midfielders out of the game because he’s tired. We left him, he makes a difference all the time.”

Mateo Kovacic, who made a brilliant start to the season, also made his return from injury during the closing stages of the match, replacing Hakim Ziyech just after the hour mark.

Kante has struggled with injuries this season and also tested positive for Covid-19 himself earlier in the campaign, but remains one of the Blues’ best players.

That is a fact not lost on Rudiger who, after the game, heaped praise on both the midfielders.

“It is not easy for him [Kante], he has been out for a number of time,” the Germany defender said of the Frenchman.

“The same for Kova [Mateo Kovacic]. They came in and were lively. That is very important for us because it is clear that we need them.”

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