The fight for a top four finish and the subsequent reward of Champions League qualification is set to intensify as we enter the final third of the campaign. The draw against the Red Devils took Chelsea to within a point of West Ham in fourth, with Leicester City a further four points ahead.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are a point behind us ahead of our meeting at Anfield on Thursday night, while Everton, Tottenham and Aston Villa are lurking with games in hand. Rudiger sees it as an open race, with meetings between the contenders likely to prove significant.
‘It depends on us,’ he added. ‘We still have a lot of games to play and also against direct opponents so the battle is still in our own hands.
‘What the coach has brought is his way of playing, detailed work and the defensive shape is very good at the moment.
‘Our aim is to arrive in the top four. We don’t need to look at Man City at this moment because they are far ahead but with the top four, everything is open.’