What Antonio Rudiger did after scoring a Chelsea goal: According to OPTA figures, Antonio Rudiger’s strike against Brentford at Stamford Bridge today was the longest-range goal scored by a Chelsea player in 15 years.
Goal.com’s Nizaar Kinsella stated that it was hit from a distance of 39.6 yards, which is rather impressive. What made it even more remarkable was the way it went in at the near post despite coming from such a long distance, with pure speed and a tremendous swing on the ball getting it beyond David Raya’s outstretched hand.
We’re curious as to who the previous record-holder was. Maybe a free-kick from Alex or a screamer from Belletti? Or how about Ricky Carvalho vs. Tottenham? Please respond on a postcard.
We get it, we were thrashed at home by Brentford. But we have to come up with something to write about! Let’s hope this game, like the West Brom game a year ago, is viewed as a curiosity rather than the start of a massive collapse.
Watch: What Antonio Rudiger did after scoring a Chelsea goal
Fans’ reactions to Rudiger’s goal
OH MY WORD. ANTONIO RUDIGER HAS DONE IT. THERE IT IS.Absolute chelsea
F*Ck Football man. Let us celebrate Rudiger finally scoring a screamer!Simon Philips
What happened next?
Antonio Rudiger, a Chelsea center-back, replied to Barcelona rumors by scoring a 35-yard thunderbolt in the 48th minute to put the Blues ahead against Brentford in the Premier League.
Rudiger’s exceptional knack of striking a ball from a great distance was ultimately rewarded when his effort in this game hit the post but rebounded in past the hapless David Raya to give the Blues the lead.
It was a goal that started the game in the wrong direction for Chelsea, as Brentford instantly elevated their game and reacted with a flurry of goals of their own.
A Vitaly Janelt doubles, along with a memorable moment for former Spurs player Christian Eriksen, guaranteed that the contract rebel’s moment of brilliance could be forgotten swiftly in the end.
Nonetheless, his efforts at the moment brought much-needed joy to a crowd that is still unsure who will be handed the keys to Stamford Bridge in the long run.
Rudiger reeled away with all the teammates, stuck his tongue out, and made some funny expressions as he walked towards manager Thomas Tuchel, who was quick to embrace him after his attempt reached the back of the net after the post tried to prevent it.
His teammates immediately clapped him on the back, but that moment must have jolted Brentford into action, as they seized this little setback to score three goals in short succession against an Edouard Mendy who had been wounded in the first half but insisted on playing despite his injury.