Antonio Rudiger has slammed his Chelsea team mates after they once again surrendered a lead to drop points in the Premier League, drawing 1-1 with relegation threatened West Ham.
Chelsea took the lead through Cesar Azpilicueta, but were pegged back by a Javier Hernandez strike, after a poor clearance by Gary Cahill.
Speaking after the game, Rudiger admitted that he didn’t understand why the reigning Champions couldn’t hold on to a lead.
“I think in the second half we can finish the game. But like the last few months we didn’t and we concede.
“For me, it’s not easy to explain. I don’t understand why after 1-0 we always drop and let the opponent get more ball possession.
“Definitely. Like the last weeks again, we give them a gift. I think that was the first chance they have.”
The game was of course the first since the sad passing of former Chelsea star Ray Wilkins, who passed away this week after suffering a heart attack. Rudiger admitted that he was sad that the players couldn’t honour his life by taking all three points:
“Yes of course, it’s sad we didn’t give something back to him,” he added.
“Sorry for that.
“The thing is we have to look we have start to play good football and win games. If you don’t win games there’s no top-four, it’s easy.”
The result leaves Chelsea in fifth, 10 points behind fourth placed Tottenham. However, with just six games left to play, the task of qualifying for the Champions League seems almost impossible.