Antonio Rudiger has taken a sly dig at Maurizio Sarri (Picture: Getty)Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has criticised Maurizio Sarri’s training methods by comparing the Italian to a school teacher.
The 60-year-old is clinging onto his job at Stamford Bridge and reportedly expects to be sacked if the Blues lose Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.
Chelsea started the season well under Sarri but the players have become disillusioned with his formulaic methods and refusal to bend his tactics or selections from game to game.
And Rudiger has taken a sly dig at the Italian by comparing him to a school teacher and revealing that his regime is purely tactical.
Sarri’s job is on the line in the next week (Picture: PA)‘It’s not like we’re doing box-to-box runs. It’s not physical, it’s just the tactical things he likes to do,’ said Rudiger.
‘It’s the same if you sit in school the whole time listening to someone. At the end of the day, you have to do your job.’
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Tonight’s clash against Malmo is the first game in what is set to be a defining week of Sarri’s career ahead of Sunday’s trip to Wembley and the visit of Spurs to Stamford Bridge four days later.
Rudiger insists the focus is on tonight’s second leg and says the players are behind Sarri, though the players ‘want results’.
‘First of all, let’s speak about the game tomorrow [Thursday] because it’s important for us to stay in this competition and fight to win it,’ Rudiger added.
‘Then, on Sunday, a big game against City at Wembley. That will show the truth. That will show our way this season.
‘The truth in terms of keeping up with opponents like City, and also Liverpool and Tottenham.
‘You always play for your manager, but you want results. You want to win. No player on earth likes to have the kind of run we’ve had.’
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