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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has 'no idea' why he was dropped for win against Southampton after criticising Antonio Conte's tactics at West Ham

  • Chelsea boss Antonio Conte left Antonio Rudiger out of his squad on Saturday
  • The defender criticised Conte's tactics after their 1-1 draw at home to West Ham
  • The Italian claimed his decision was 'tactical' despite Rudiger playing 39 games 
  • Rudiger says he has 'no idea' why he was dropped and confirmed he is 'fully fit'

Antonio Rudiger has claimed he has 'no idea' why he was dropped for Chelsea's 3-2 comeback win against Southampton on Saturday.

Antonio Conte left the defender out of his squad for the trip to St Mary's after he criticised his tactics following the 1-1 draw at home to West Ham.

But Rudiger, who also confirmed that he is not suffering with an injury, was left baffled by Conte's decision to axe him.

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

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

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

Asked why he wasn't included, Rudiger told German TV show Das aktuelle Sportstudio'I have no idea. I am fully fit.'

Rudiger, who joined the Blues from Roma in a £29million deal last summer, has played 39 games in all competitions, becoming a key player for Conte.

But when asked after the game why Rudiger had been dropped, Conte insisted the decision to omit him was 'tactical'.

Rudiger, pictured in training last week, says he has 'no idea' why he was dropped by his boss

Rudiger, pictured in training last week, says he has 'no idea' why he was dropped by his boss

Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score twice as Chelsea came from behind at St Mary's 

Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score twice as Chelsea came from behind at St Mary's 

However, it is understood Conte took the decision because he was angry after Rudiger questioned his tactics after the draw against West Ham.

Speaking after the London derby, Rudiger was quoted as saying: 'I think in the second half we (could) finish the game (off).

'But 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 1-0 we always drop and let the opponent get more ball possession.' 

 

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