Antonio Rudiger has urged Chelsea to bounce back to winning ways in the league when they play host to Fulham on Sunday.
Chelsea suffered a shock 3-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in their last Premier League outing – the first competitive loss under Maurizio Sarri – and questions are now being asked about the Blues’ title credentials.
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A 4-0 Europa League win at home to PAOK on Thursday has helped to restore the confidence in the six-time English champions although Germany international Rudiger played no part in that midweek triumph.
The 25-year-old defender is expected to return to the starting XI for the clash against Fulham this weekend and he has called for a big performance from his team-mates.
“It’s difficult to tell [what went wrong] because sometimes you have one or two players that are not in good shape but it was the whole team,” Rudiger told Sky Sports. “It was a bit weird. It’s hard to explain but, if you play like this, you deserve to lose.
“I can tell you so many things but it’s just excuses at the end of the day. The only thing I can say is that we have to see this as a very big and hard lesson and move on. “We have to bounce back. It’s clear. We have to show a reaction.”