Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger leads Europe’s top 5 leagues in impressive defensive category

A statistic highlighting the impressive season being enjoyed by Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has surfaced online this evening.

Rudiger joins Chelsea

25-year-old central defender Rudiger made the move to Stamford Bridge last summer.

The German international arrived for an initial fee of £29 million, following an impressive stint in Serie A with AS Roma.

Antonio Rudiger

Antonio Rudiger (R) of AS Roma competes for the ball with Omar El Kaddouri of Empoli FC

And Rudiger has since gone on to establish himself as an absolutely crucial member of the Blues’ backline.

The Stuttgart youth product racked up 27 Premier League appearances last season, 25 of which came as starts.

Sarri’s choice

And the change of on the bench at Stamford Bridge this summer has only seen Rudiger’s prominence increase.

Maurizio Sarri has opted for the powerful German from the start in all 4 of Chelsea’s league outings to this point in the campaign, with the 25-year-old looking set to act as a staple in the plans of the Italian tactician moving forward.

And Sarri’s decision to opt for Rudiger over the likes of Gary Cahill and Andreas Christensen has seen the former Roma man reward his manager to no end.

Rudiger has looked superb in leading Chelsea to 12 points from 12 thus far, with his showings made to look even more impressive by the recent shakiness of David Luiz.

Rudiger’s dominance

And, as mentioned above, a statistic brought to light by this evening has perfectly highlighted the level of defensive brilliance that Rudiger has brought to Chelsea’s back-four over the last month:

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