'I HAVE NO IDEA' - Chelsea defender questions why Antonio Conte dropped him

Brendan Rodgers Antonio Conte

Brendan Rodgers Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte has admitted that he was "very angry" with his Chelsea FC players at half-time during their clash with Southampton on Saturday.

Nonetheless, it is understood Conte took the shock dedication on account of he was so incensed after Rudiger appeared to question the supervisor's methods after remaining week's 1-1 draw in the direction of West Ham.

Asked why he was not in the squad, he said: "I have no idea". But I didn't mean it that way.

Chelsea trailed 2-0 with an hour played at St Mary's thanks to strikes from Dusan Tadic and Jan Bednarek, but Giroud came off the substitutes' bench to score two goals and help create another for Eden Hazard as the Blues claimed only their fourth Premier League victory of 2018.

'It was a fact, it wasn't about the tactics.

"It's just normal from my side". I did not attack anyone personally, I meant us as a team'.

"After the first half I was very disappointed but I am the coach and if the desire is not right and we can not fight in the right way, I am the first person to take responsibility".

Speaking after the London derby, Rudiger was quoted as saying: 'I imagine inside the second half we (could) finish the game (off).

And Celtic boss Rodgers, who worked at Stamford Bridge as a coach during Jose Mourinho's first spell in charge, is also very much at the forefront of Chelsea's thinking.

Rudiger is not the first player at Chelsea to feel the brunt of Conte's fury, with David Luiz and Diego Costa both involved in public fallouts with the former Italy manager.

"Not winning it would not be worthy of Chelsea", he said.

"I think it would be a good reconciliation [with the supporters] with the FA Cup".