‘Some mad stuff’: Chelsea ace Abraham defends teammate Rudiger after German targeted by fans infuriated by Lampard exit
Lampard was given his marching orders by billionaire Blues boss Roman Abramovich this week after 19 months as manager.
Among the factors behind Lampard’s demise was supposed discontent from parts of the dressing room, with reports claiming center-back Rudiger was among a group of players to have “caused issues” for the 42-year-old manager.
Rudiger had appeared to be surplus to requirements under Lampard at the start of the season, as Frenchman Kurt Zouma emerged as the preferred partner alongside Thiago Silva at the center of defense.
However, Rudiger was picked by Lampard to start his last two Premier League games in charge, against Fulham and Leicester.
After the rumors swirled that the 27-year-old German was a disruptive force in the dressing room, some fans upset with Lampard’s departure had bombarded the star’s Instagram account with messages of hate.
“Leave Chelsea!!” screamed one reply to a post by the defender, while another simply wrote “guilty.”
“You don’t deserve to play for this club anymore,” wrote another disgruntled fan.
But the messages prompted a show of support from striker Abraham, who tweeted on Wednesday: “Hearing some mad stuff about @ToniRuediger on social media today. Complete nonsense. Toni is a big bro to all of us.”
Hearing some mad stuff about @ToniRuediger on social media today. Compete nonsense. Toni is a big bro to all of us— Tammy Abraham (@tammyabraham) January 26, 2021
Lampard was swiftly replaced by German former PSG manager Thomas Tuchel, who was officially appointed on Tuesday and took his first training session later in the day.
Tuchel will be in the Stamford Bridge dugout when Chelsea host Wolverhampton Wanderers in a crunch Premier League encounter on Wednesday night.
Lampard departed with the team on a woeful run of form which had seen them lose five of their past eight Premier League games.
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