Antonio Rudiger tells Chelsea not to concede easy goals

Antonio Rudiger called Chelsea to stop sabotaging yourself with defensive mistakes.

German centre-back Rudiger won two penalties for the Blues on Saturday, The second allowed Jorginho to score in stoppage time in a tense 3-2 Premier League win over Leeds.

Jorginho buried both Chelsea starters to get Thomas Tuchel’s men out of trouble, and put their Premier League title bid back on track.

Chelsea kept in touch with leaders Manchester City by overcoming Leeds and also quickly weathering a 3-2 loss to West Ham.

“Psychologically we fit their game, qualitatively not, because the goals we conceded were too easy,” Rudiger told the Chelsea club’s official website.

“These days we concede a lot of goals too easily and we have to deal with this. We knew we needed to improve things as quickly as possible.

“We make silly mistakes, we punish ourselves and give away goals. It’s not that our opponents are killing us or outperforming us.

“It is clear that we are short of players, this is obvious, but I am not looking for excuses.

“We have a good squad and this is an opportunity for everyone now and everyone has to take their chances.

Toni Rudiger of Chelsea and Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier, right, compete for the ball at Stamford Bridge (Adam Davy/PA)

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“It was crazy that I was in a position like this in the last minutes against (Manchester) United and now I am there against Leeds.

“For me, it’s just important to try to help the team and show who I am.

“I just thought ‘okay, let’s move on because there’s nothing left to lose’.”

Raphinha opened the scoring with a penalty of his own, only conceding a penalty for Jorginho to convert and put the Blues 2-1 up after Mason Mount equalized.

Teenage forward Joe Gelhardt fired a Leeds-level shot in the closing stages, leaving Chelsea staring down the barrel of a fourth top encounter in six games without a win.

But Rudiger won a late, late penalty for Jorginho to convert, impressing coach Tuchel with the German defender’s never-dead attitude.

“He refuses to accept defeat,” said Tuchel.

“This is necessary. We expect it to be an intense game for Toni and Cesar Azpilicueta, given Leeds’ unique defensive style.

“We expected there to be space for those two players to come in. They let us drive in there, and the two players did it well.

“Toni won’t accept our loss, and of course we were lucky to get the final penalty so late. But we did everything we could to turn the tide.”

Youngster Gelhardt admitted he didn’t know how to celebrate after scoring his first Leeds goal with his first touch of the game.

“My eyes lit up and when it went in I almost didn’t know what to do,” Gelhardt told the Leeds club’s official website.

“I didn’t know how to react, but it was a special moment. I saw all the fans go crazy.

“Obviously it would be nice to get a point in the end, but another day we’ll get a point and go home.” Antonio Rudiger tells Chelsea not to concede easy goals


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