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Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger Involved In A Heated Exchange With A Blues Fan After Man City Drubbing
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsIn the Premier League title race this season, Manchester City have found a potent challenger in Liverpool who are giving the defending champions a run for their money. Such has been the level of competition between the two Premier League giants that it has made the ongoing season an absolute cracker for the fans. With the tournament nearing a befitting finale, there is no margin for error for City and Liverpool as they chase the top honours. Thus, when the Pep Guardiola side squared off against Chelsea over the weekend, all eyes were on City to keep their title dreams alive. For a team that found themselves chasing Liverpool following their shock loss to Newcastle United earlier, City showed no signs of panic or lacklustre play during their rampaging 6-0 triumph against the Blues at the Etihad. While Sergio Aguero bagged yet another hat-trick of goals, Raheem Sterling scored a brace alongside Illkay Gundogan's strike to cut a sorry figure for Maurizio Sarri's side. © Reuters The Blues conceded four goals in the first 25 minutes and eventually gave away two more by the final whistle to register their worst result since 7-0 drubbing to Nottingham Forest in 1991. It was also their third straight defeat in an away game which further irked the Chelsea faithful. The result undeniably left the visitors red-faced and the travelling fans were clearly not impressed. Owing to their dismal outing, Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger approached the stands where the away fans were seated and apologised for their poor show. But, one fan wasn't ready to accept Rudiger's apology. Rudiger staying to apologise to Chelsea fans. At least he cares pic.twitter.com/lmLyEprK1c — Lewis (@CarefreeLewisG) February 10, 2019 Responding to Rudiger's apology, the fan gave a mouthful to the Chelsea defender over their dreadful performance. In reply, Rudiger reportedly yelled back at the fan before exchanging heated comments with him. According to Football.London, Rudiger said: "I've come over to say sorry, stand in front of me if you've something to say". The former Roma defender climbed over the top of the barricade to speak to the fan. He then, asked the steward if he could cross the barricade to go and talk to the fan in person, though he was not allowed to do so. Later, the footballer gave his shirt to a young fan before joining back his teammates on the ground as the majority of the fans gave him applause. Following their loss, Chelsea now find themselves languishing at the sixth spot in the table. With the Champions League qualification on the line, their current position in the league has surely got their fans worried. But, the biggest problem at hand appears to be their manager Sarri who is expected to have a crucial conversation with the club's owner Roman Abramovich to discuss his future.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsAhead of their blockbuster tie this weekend, not many would have backed Manchester United to come good against the in-form Chelsea side at the Stamford Bridge. With three losses in eight games this season, Jose Mourinho's United weren't really expected to give the Blues a run for their money. But, contrary to popular perception, the Red Devils nearly pulled off a heist. Beginning the game, United were understandably sitting deep inside their own half with the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial staying back. And, when Antonio Rudiger fooled Paul Pogba before leaping high and opening the scoring with a brilliant header via a corner in the first half, it seemed that Mourinho's men were once again in for a tough time. Going into the half-time with a 1-0 lead, Chelsea began the second half with the same energy but soon ran into a rejuvenated front line of United. The likes of Romelu Lukaku, Rashford and Martial began exchanging passes before the latter pulled one back in the 55th minute. With Chelsea's dominance challenged, Maurizio Sarri's men pushed the tempo but it was United who eventually got in front in the 73rd minute through Martial's second goal of the game. Reuters Leading for the first time in the much-anticipated clash, United were desperately close to securing three points and a famous win at the Stamford Bridge. But, it wasn't meant to be. With just minutes left on the clock, Ross Barkley netted home Chelsea's late equaliser in the 96th minute (additional time) to snatch a point for his side. If Barkley's fine goal wasn't enough to irk United and their fans, one of Chelsea's backroom staff became one of the biggest talking points of the 2-2 draw after his exuberant touchline celebrations enraged Mourinho and his camp. Marco Ianni, Chelsea's second assistant coach, was seen celebrating Barkley's goal right in front of the United manager. Jose Mourinho triggered pic.twitter.com/ok2fSiaDhq — St Woolwich Day (@StWoolwichDay) 20 October 2018 Mourinho was seen sitting comfortably in his chair until Ianni raced to the touchline before unveiling animated celebrations in front of the Portuguese. Irked by Ianni's antics Mourinho was seen chasing him inside the tunnel before the stewards intervened. When asked about the incident, former Chelsea boss Mourinho said: "Oh come on, I can tell you that 97 minutes of the game was so good that you have to focus on that. "I did not get respect back from Chelsea (fans) but that is not my responsibility. What I did here today I will do in Madrid, in Milan, in Porto, the reaction from the fans is not up to me. I am not annoyed with anything. What happened with (Maurizio) Sarri's assistant, Sarri was the first one to come to me and say he will resolve it. The assistant has already come to me and apologised, I told him to forget it. I have made a lot of mistakes in my career," he said.