Antonio Rudiger states his prediction for Roma v Chelsea
Antonio Rudiger warns his Chelsea team-mates that they are in for a stern test of their European credentials at Roma
Antonio Rudiger has warned his Chelsea team-mates that they are in for a stern test of their Champions League title credentials when they travel to Roma on Tuesday night.
The Blues had to battle back from behind to seal a 3-3 draw against Roma when the two teams last met at Stamford Bridge earlier this month.
Rudiger has been getting used to life at Chelsea after signing for the Blues from Roma back at the start of July in the summer transfer window.
The German defender knows Tuesday’s opponents well and warned his team-mates to be wary of the likes of striker Edin Dzeko at the Stadio Olimpico.
Speaking to Chelsea’s website, Rudiger said: “We go to Rome with confidence. We are back to winning ways and we want to continue.
“We need to be ready in their stadium because it will be very, very hard. I know this team. They want to play football and they always have this desire, no matter what the situation is. This is what they did – they came to Stamford Bridge and had more ball possession than we. We all saw it.
“[Edin] Dzeko is a very dangerous striker, like in the Premier League, everyone knows him. Also [Aleksandar] Kolarov at the back, who comes with a lot of power.”
Chelsea made it back to back wins in the Premier League on Saturday evening when they claimed a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.
The Blues will switch their attentions back to Champions League affairs and their home clash against Manchester United next weekend after Tuesday’s game.
Chelsea have endured something of a mixed start to the new Premier League season and currently find themselves nine points behind leaders Manchester City in the race for the title after 10 games.