Chelsea defender: I knew I’d face my former club

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger will face his former club AS Roma in Champions League at his former home ground, the Stadio Olimpico.

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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is keen to come back to his former club AS Roma and play before their fans at the Stadio Olimpico, the German international has said ahead of their Champions League match in Italy on Tuesday night.

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The defender signed for the Italian outfit in 2015 and experienced two productive years there, but later, moved to Stamford Bridge this Summer for £29m.

And while talking ahead of the tie, the German claimed he already had a strong inclination that he would return to the Stadio Olimpico this season and now he is keen to play against his former group.

“I spoke to my parents [before the draw] and I already knew,” he told Chelsea’s official website.

“They told me, “For sure you will get Roma – it always happens like this, the ex plays against the ex.

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“I’m happy to go to Rome and to play against my old team. First of all, I have big respect for this club because I had two wonderful years there.

“There were up and downs with injuries, but everyone was always standing behind me.

“I appreciate that. But I’m now in Chelsea, I’m very happy with that, and I will give 100 per cent in the game.”

Chelsea are as of now at the top of Group C with seven points, two points ahead of second-placed Roma and the Blues will be expecting a superior execution from their team contemplating the last tie where the London side wasted a two-goal lead to draw the match 3-3 at full time.

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However, since the draw, the Blues have won consecutive three matches and the 24-year-old defender backed his team, insisting that the morale of the team is high and they are prepared to exhibit it on the pitch.

“The last week was very important,” he continued.

“We go to Rome with confidence. We are back to winning ways and we want to continue.

“We need to be ready in their stadium because it will be very, very hard. I know this team.

“They want to play football and they always have this desire, no matter what the situation is.

“This is what they did – they came to Stamford Bridge and had more ball possession than we. We all saw it.”

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