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Antonio Rudiger hardly put in a display at Fulham that will leave Kurt Zouma quaking in his boots... he needs to match the Frenchman's goal threat if he wants to stay at Chelsea

By Daniel Matthews For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 20:10 GMT, 16 January 2021 | Updated: 20:22 GMT, 16 January 2021

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In the dark skies above Frank Lampard's technical area, a network of scaffolding weaves along the foundations of Craven Cottage's new stand.

Girders hang over the river banks and for Antonio Rudiger this provided the perfect setting to build some bridges, too.

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For much of this season, the German's future has lingered in limbo. Here, with a rare chance to start, he collected a clean sheet and 90 minutes. But his place in purgatory looks secure for now.

Chelsea's win at Fulham provided defender Antonio Rudiger a chance to build bridges

Chelsea's win at Fulham provided defender Antonio Rudiger a chance to build bridges

He did little to suggest Frank Lampard was wrong to change with a clean sheet vs Fulham

He did little to suggest Frank Lampard was wrong to change with a clean sheet vs Fulham

In this win at Fulham, the centre back did little to suggest Lampard was wrong to shuffle his pack but it was hardly a display to leave Kurt Zouma quaking, either.

For a time, of course, it looked certain that the Germany international would never reach this point in the season. At least not in Chelsea blue.

There was never any animosity between player and coach but Lampard's selections spoke for themselves: Rudiger was left out of the squad for six of

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