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Rudiger calls on Chelsea to learn hard lessons from ‘weird’ Spurs defeat and maintain title aspirations

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A few days removed from the Disaster at Wembley, and with a couple training sessions under the squad’s belt since, Antonio Rudiger, the beating heart of Chelsea is setting the new intention going forward. It’s a slightly more positive beat than what we’ve heard from others in the more immediate wake of the 3-1 loss.

“We have to see this as a very big-big and hard lesson and move on. We spoke about it and analyzed the things, but that’s the past and we have to look forward. “

The past is the past. You cannot change it. But you can learn from it. You have to learn from it. The reasons why Saturday happened may be hard to explain, but there are steps that can be taken — or we have to find the steps to take — to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.

“Sometimes you have that one or two players are not good or not in good shape, but this time was the whole team, so that’s a bit weird. It’s hard to explain, but at the end of the day, we deserve to lose — if you play like this...”

Chelsea dropped to fourth with the loss, two behind Spurs, five behind Liverpool, and seven points behind Manchester City who are threatening to run away with the league before the turn of the year. More concerningly, Arsenal are now just one point behind in fifth and it’s looking like it’s going to be bare-knuckle fight to Champions League death between the three London teams for the last two top four spots. Rudiger however isn’t letting go of the title dream just yet, especially if Chelsea get back to winning way straight away.

“Who thought that we’re going to be unbeaten? Of course, how we lost is very very bad, but it’s not the end of the world. So we have to look forward and keep doing what we do best.”

-Antonio Rudiger; source: Sky

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