Sport Antonio Rudiger's celebration on the pitch after winning UCL was hilariously bizarre
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Antonio Rudiger's renaissance under Thomas Tuchel has been quite remarkable.
Under Frank Lampard's rule, the German centre-back appeared to have no future at Chelsea and that resulted in him being linked with a move elsewhere in January.
But ever since Tuchel took charge, Rudiger has been a mainstay in the Blues' starting XI and he's certainly repaid the manager's faith.
The former AS Roma man has been one of the best world's best centre-backs in 2021 and he was impeccable once again in Chelsea's 1-0 victory over Manchester City in the Champions League final.
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The Germany international reportedly came close to leaving the Blues in the summer , while there have been claims this season that he had a falling out with club captain Cesar Azpilicueta. Rudiger only started one of Chelsea’s opening 15 Premier League matches this season under Frank Lampard but ended up playing three of the former England international’s final four matches in charge. Top 10 defenders of the Premier League season And Rudiger has stayed in the team under Thomas Tuchel, eventually racking up 19 Premier League starts as Chelsea finished fourth in the table.
Rudiger's performance was of the highest standard and his on-pitch celebration in Porto was pretty epic too.
Well, it was more hilariously bizarre than epic, but we certainly enjoyed it nonetheless.
charged towards the fans in attendance at the Estadio do Dragao and his running style was that of an absolute madman.
You can check out footage of the funny moment below and we're not ashamed to admit that we pressed the replay button numerous times.
Rudiger's eccentric celebration
What is Antonio Rüdiger doing ????— Champions League on CBS Sports (@UCLonCBSSports)
Most people would celebrate the UCL Final in a normal way
But Toni Rudiger isnt normal ????????
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A massive moment while it was still goalless.It was the third all-English final in Europe’s top competition, following Manchester United and Chelsea’s match-up in 2008 and Liverpool and Tottenham’s meeting in 2019.— Charlie (@c_copseyy)
He's certainly a character.
Rudiger's reaction straight after the full-time whistle had been blown by referee Mateu Lahoz was captured by a supporter in the stadium and that too was rather special.
Rudiger runs straight over to Chelsea fans
Look at Rudiger man. He Gets It.— CarefreeOllie ⭐️⭐️ (@OllieCarefree)
It's no surprise that the German international is now one of the most popular members of the Chelsea squad.
After the all-English final, Rudiger was quick to praise his defensive colleagues for their stellar performances against City.
"We all did well. From the front to the back, everybody defended properly," the 28-year-old told.
"But at the end of the day, us defenders are the last line, so we have to do the job well and we did it excellently.
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"Christensen came on and he was straight in the game, Azpilicueta was a warrior, Reece was a warrior, Chilwell was a warrior. This is how we had to be and I’m proud."
Rudiger says Germany will have to play 'a little dirty' against France .
France boast a number of attacking talents including Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema, Antoine Greizmann and Rudiger's Chelsea team-mate Olivier Giroud. © Provided by Daily Mail ( © Provided by Daily Mail ( The Germany defender knows his side are in for a battle on Tuesday and insisted they will have to be physical in their approach.‘Of course, they have good forwards, we have to be ready to win the one-on-one challenges,’ Rudiger said ahead of the game.‘We have to be a little dirty, not always be nice or try to play nice football.