Thomas Tuchel reveals undroppable Chelsea star for Champions League final

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Thomas Tuchel reveals undroppable Chelsea star for Champions League final

Ther German has led Chelsea to their first Champions League final since 2012 over the course of a remarkable four months in charge after taking over from Frank Lampard.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has unearthed an undroppable star as the Blues prepare for their Champions League final against Manchester City at the end of the month.

Tuchel’s side defeated La Liga giants Real Madrid in the semi-finals to reach the showpiece event for the first time since 2012.

It was the latest high point in what has been a remarkable four months under Tuchel, who took over from Frank Lampard in the middle of January.

The Blues have lost just two games in that time to return to top four contention, with Chelsea’s stubborn defence at the heart of their success.

One of the key members of that defence has been Antonio Rudiger, who has been a virtual ever-present under Tuchel.

Remarkably, since Tuchel took over, Chelsea are yet to lose when Rudiger starts as part of the three-man defence that the German boss has utilised.

Both of their losses since Tuchel’s appointment have come when Rudiger has been out of the team, with the defender helping his side keep 15 clean sheets since Lampard’s departure. Rudiger’s status as an undroppable for the Champions League final becomes ever clearer when taking a closer look at Chelsea’s results this season.

In the 19 Premier League games that Rudiger has not started this campaign, the Blues have conceded 26 goals, a rate of 1.4 per game.

By contrast, in the 17 games that the German has started in the league this season, Chelsea have conceded just seven times, a rate of 0.4 per game. Rudiger has been left out of two of Chelsea’s last three top-flight matches, with Tuchel looking to rest the defender ahead of a defining end to the season. He had fallen out of favour under Lampard, but now appears to be one of the first names on the teamsheet under the English manager’s replacement.

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