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Chelsea dressing room split on 'ferocious' Rudiger influence

Chelsea's dressing room is split on the influence of Germany defender Toni Rudiger.

Rudiger, who played in last night's 0-0 draw with Wolves, was heavily criticised for his role in the sacking of Frank Lampard on Monday having fallen out of favour for selection under the Englishman.

Detailed in the Telegraph, Rudiger has been painted as the player who is most vocal in team meetings and is one of the louder voices in the dressing room during both good times and bad.

Rudiger represents a strong character in what is a young dressing room and while his leadership is vital, the report goes on to add that his ferocity in training has not always been welcomed.

Team-mates are said to have been "surprised" at some of the challenges he has made in training sessions, with some of the belief that they "cross the line" on what is acceptable, reports the Daily Mail.

Earlier this week it was detailed that Rudiger, Jorginho and Marcos Alonso "caused issues" in training in Lampard's tenure.

Rudiger was alleged to have 'clashed with Cesar Azpilicueta multiple times' in what become a hostile environment prior to Lampard's exit.

Both Azpilicueta and Tammy Abraham came to the defence of the German on social media on Tuesday to rubbish claims he is a difficult presence in the Blues squad.

"Hearing some mad stuff about Antonio Rudier on social media today. Complete nonsense. Toni is a big bro to all of us," Abraham posted on Twitter.

Azpilicueta went on to quote tweet Abraham's comments with three blue heart emojis and a picture of him alongside Rudiger.

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