On Wednesday night, the 30-year-old centre back played a fantastic game for the Spanish powerhouses against Mallorca, contributing to the team’s clean sheet before scoring the game’s lone goal in the 78th minute.
Due to their better goal differential against surprise team Girona, Real Madrid was able to secure their spot at the top of La Liga with a header from Rudiger that rose highest from a corner and glanced past Predrag Rajkovic.
Real has only allowed 11 goals in 19 league games this season, which is mostly attributable to their strong defending.
Following Rudiger’s performance, manager Carlo Ancelotti was all praise for the German, who had stepped up during a back injury crisis.
“He has exploited the wounds of others.” He is consistently putting up extremely good work, according to the Italian coach.
In a duel, he is always prepared. He is the backup insurance that we have. He’s giving it his all right now.
Being a teammate of Rudiger’s on the German national team, Ozil was in complete agreement. He used the social networking platform X to laud his former colleague and blame Chelsea for letting him go, a move he feels has contributed to their current problems.
Right now, Prime Toni Rudiger is simply the best defender in the world. Amazing season for Real Madrid, my old team,’ he wrote soon after Real’s 1-0 triumph over Mallorca.
You can also inquire about his excellence from [Victor] Osimhen or [Erling] Haaland!
“Observe what transpired with Chelsea following his departure.” Every day, they miss his way of thinking.
Chelsea has conceded 31 goals in 20 games this season, placing them in 10th place in the Premier League standings.
Rudiger chose to leave to the Bernabeu when his contract at Stamford Bridge expired in the summer of 2022, despite the west Londoners’ best efforts to keep him. His departure was exacerbated by the departure of Andreas Christensen on a free transfer.
Since then, Chelsea has spent millions on new centre backs, such as Wesley Fofana, Axel Disasi, and Benoit Badiashile, but none of them have been able to replace Rudiger’s hole.