Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger was not even named as a substitute for Saturday’s 3-2 win over Southampton.
Rudiger was dropped from the squad to face Southampton for publicly questioning manager Antonio Conte’s tactics.
Conte took the decision to drop Rudiger from the squad that faced Southampton because he was so incensed by Rudiger’s comments after last week’s 1-1 draw against West Ham.
Rudiger questioned Chelsea’s tactics of always dropping deep and giving opponents more ball possession after going 1-0 up.
“I think in the second half we (could) finish the game (off),” Rudiger said after the 1-1 draw with West Ham.
“But like the last few months, we didn’t and we (conceded).
“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.”
Conte also dropped David Luiz from the squad after Chelsea’s Champions League loss to Roma last year after the Brazilian questioned his tactics during the loss to Roma.
Was Conte right to drop Rudiger for questioning his tactics?