Phil Costa

Chelsea defender Antonio Rüdiger has ‘no idea’ why he was dropped

Chelsea defender Antonio Rüdiger insists he was fit to face Southampton and has “no idea” why he was dropped by Antonio Conte.

The German was one of several players to question Conte’s tactics after the Blues’ draw against West Ham and appears to have suffered the consequences.

Rüdiger confirmed that he was ready to play on German TV show Das aktuelle Sportstudio on Sunday and when asked why he was not in the squad, he said: “I have no idea. I am fully fit.”

It looked to be a poor decision as the 25-year-old’s replacement – Gary Cahill – struggled as the Saints went 2-0 up, before an Olivier Giroud brace and Eden Hazard goal spared Conte’s blushes.

After the game the Italian spoke out about why Rüdiger wasn’t included, telling reporters: “No there is no injury, it was a tactical decision.”

The German was signed for an initial fee of £29m last summer from Roma but has since failed to impress at Stamford Bridge.