Chelsea’s defense picked up right where we left off last season — unlike some of the other aspects of our play — and have continued to be a nigh impenetrable wall with a nearly historic level of success and stinginess.
And while all those involved deserve credit and recognition for that, including not just the center backs themselves, arguably no one’s been better at it this season than Antonio Rüdiger, who’s also played more minutes than any other player on the team. He’s even scored a rare goal, as the icing on top of our three-point cake against Spurs in the derby!
For all that, he’s been rightly recognized by a nomination for the Premier League’s Player of the Month for September. Always great to see quality defending get noticed. Congrats, Toni!
Other nominees include wing-back João Cancelo from Manchester City, the always exciting Allan Saint-Maximin from Newcastle, goal-machines Mo Salah (Liverpool) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), and young Ismaïla Sarr at Watford, who’s quickly becoming a household name around the league as well.