Tammy Abraham defends Rudiger, quashes rumors

Tammy Abraham has defended teammate Antonio Rudiger after suggestions arose that the German defender was one of those responsible for the sacking of former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard.

Lampard’s contract at Chelsea was terminated on Monday after a series of poor results and performances in the Premier League. He has since been replaced by German manager Thomas Tuchel.

Numerous reports emerged that Rudiger was among those causing unrest in the dressing room, which eventually resulted in the dismissal of the English manager. There were also speculations that he clashed with Blues captain Cesar Azpilicueta.

However, Abraham took to Twitter on Tuesday evening to quash the rumors. He posted on Twitter saying:

“Hearing some mad stuff about @ToniRudiger on social media today. Complete nonsense. Toni is a big bro to all of us.”

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba responded and urged the squad to be united to help turn around the recent poor form.

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“‘Well said Son, THIS IS THE WAYYY!!!” he posted. “Stick together, get results and the fans will forgive you everything.

“Critics hurts but when you are together it makes tou (sic) stronger and better.”

Meanwhile, Tuchel has arrived and oversaw his first training session on Tuesday afternoon and will manage his first game as Chelsea boss against Wolves at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Wednesday.

Shortly after he was announced as the new Chelsea manager, Tuchel said: “I would like to thank Chelsea FC for their confidence in me and my staff.

“We all have the greatest respect for Frank Lampard’s work and the legacy he created at Chelsea.

“At the same time, I cannot wait to meet my new team and compete in the most exciting league in football.

“I am grateful to now be part of the Chelsea family – it feels amazing!”

The Blues currently sit 10th in the Premier League and will face Burnley on Sunday before they face off against Tottenham Hotspur in a London derby the following Thursday.