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Germany Watch: Antonio Rüdiger calls Niklas Süle “super”

Antonio Rüdiger sees Niklas Süle as a great defender.

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Chelsea FC defender Antonio Rüdiger has heard the rumors that he and Bayern Munich’s Niklas Süle could be changing place during the offseason.

Rüdiger, though, could not care less about the heresay, he just wants to “settle in” with Süle on the German national team, as the duo seeks to be an impenetrable duo at center-back.

“Because we don’t see each other that often, it’s important that we settle in. For me, he’s a super central defender and a super partner. Does my future depend on Niki? No, I wouldn’t say that. I make my decisions for myself, they don’t depend on anyone,” said Rüdiger (as captured by SPOX).

The Chelsea man also thinks that he and Süle are perfect for Hansi Flick’s system because they both are exceptionally quick.

“It’s better for me. Of course, I know I have a lot of green field behind me. Sprinting is not my problem, nor is it Niklas’. He’s as tall as a tree trunk, but he’s already fast. By waiting you get into a passivity, we have to be active and determine the game, not the opponent,” Rüdiger said. “This system suits many of the players in the team because they also press higher at their clubs. I think it’s easier to press the opponent higher. That gives you more space. Many play offensive pressing.”

Finally, Rüdiger think his good form is simply the result of just playing consistently — something that did not happen often under former Chelsea FC manager Frank Lampard.

“I’m in good shape at the moment, but it’s not true that it wasn’t like this before. I only didn’t play for four weeks under Frank Lampard. We’ve known each other here for a long time. Hansi Flick is there to bring the team together. In the end, what matters is what we do on the pitch. We’ve already done that well in the last few games,” Rüdiger said.

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