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Patrick Vieira labels Antonio Rüdiger as 'not the smartest'

By Rune Gjerulff

Patrick Vieira and Gary Neville are not impressed by Germany and Chelsea defender Antonio Rüdiger.

Antonio Rüdiger.
Antonio Rüdiger. Photo: Granada, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0

Former Arsenal and France star Patrick Vieira doesn't feel Germany can rely on Antonio Rüdiger, telling ITV Sport that the 28-year-old 'is not the smartest'.

"You need two around [Mats Hummels] to give him more protection. But I don't know if Rudiger is the type of player that you can count on, he’s not the smartest one," said Vieira about Rüdiger, who allegedly bit Paul Pogba during Germany's opener against France.

"Sometimes he makes a poor decision that gives his team-mates big big problems. We saw the goals that Germany conceded against France he can do silly things like the bite on Pogba. He's somebody that can lose his head in any moment during a game.

"I think Hummels is not the quickest one but he’s really smart and uses his brain to try to defend well, but it’s going to be tough at this level for him."

Fellow pundit Gary Neville added:

"Rudiger needs a project during a game, you need to give him an instruction. You can't leave it open to chance with him.

"I think if you said to him 'Go and stick to Cristiano', I think he’s actually confident enough in a stupid way sometimes to think I'll mark him out of a game and make sure he absolutely doesn’t get a kick.

"But I think if you say he goes there, you swap over, I think you will end up confusing him and he ends up getting pulled up all over the place," said the Manchester United legend.

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