Rüdiger vs England

Germany hosted England in Matchday 2 of the UEFA Nations League. Rüdiger played at the center of a back three and was tasked with organizing his defensive line, guiding his relatively young defensive partners and keeping an eye on the dangerous Harry Kane when he occupied offensive positions. 

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1st Half

In the first half, Rüdiger had 44 touches with 87% passing accuracy. He attempted 4 long balls and completed 3 while winning all of his ground duels. He also made 2 crucial blocks after long range shots from Bellingham and Sterling. 

 Though England offered little going forward, Rüdiger commanded his defensive area well both verbally and by his defensive actions and kept Kane relatively quiet.

2nd Half

In the second half, Rüdiger had less touches and passes as England posed a greater offensive threat than the first half. He played a few deft, penetrating passes to break the England press. The German was booked for protesting against the penalty the Three Lions were awarded. 

Ultimately, it was another solid defensive performance from the new Real Madrid player. He retained, recycled and progressed the ball well, defended his area with aggression and read the game excellently.

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