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Chelsea stars' gesture towards life-long Blues wins hearts

Giroud and Rudiger celebrate after scoring a goal
Giroud and Rudiger celebrate after scoring a goal
Ashish Thomas
Modified 28 May 2020, 02:20 IST

Chelsea released a video in which players past and present surprised a family on their weekly quiz. Chelsea organized this gesture for a pair of brothers Tony and Paul, who recently went through a kidney transplant.

Tony had kidney failure in 2018 and his elder brother, Paul, stepped in to donate his kidney. The two brothers share a special bond which also involves their love for Chelsea.

Antonio Rudiger, Olivier Giroud and club legend Gianfranco Zola were involved in the Zoom call, as Chelsea aimed to connect with the two life-long Blues.

Zoom call with Chelsea-supporting brothers

Rudiger celebrating a last-gasp victory over Arsenal
Rudiger celebrating a last-gasp victory over Arsenal

The brothers first asked Zola where he was, and the Italian replied that he was in Sardinia with his mother to keep her company. He also said that thankfully the virus did not spread there.

Paul then asked the Italian maestro on who he thought was better between Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard. The former Chelsea No. 25 replied that he would go for Lampard, while also praising Gerrard.

"They both are great players in the Premier League but I'd prefer Lampard because I played with him and also he grew up in skill in front of me."

Paul again asked the former Chelsea talisman on who his best teammate was while at Chelsea. The Italian replied that it was John Terry, who is possibly one of the greatest players Chelsea have produced.


The family then asked Rudiger whether he had watched the Bundesliga over the weekend. The German international replied that he did, and added that he had nothing else to do.

Paul asked Rudiger about his training, to which the Chelsea man replied that it was as per what the government has stipulated. Rudiger also added that they've been training in small groups in recent days as per the Premier League guidelines.

Rudiger then asked Paul about his kidney operation, to which Paul sounded out his brother Tony. The central defender also added that football is the most important thing in the world.

Olivier Giroud after scoring against Everton in a game before the lockdown
Olivier Giroud after scoring against Everton in a game before the lockdown

Giroud asked the family to identify themselves, which the family did with glee. The family then asked Giroud about his favourite moment from the season, in response to which the Chelsea man said that it was his goal against Tottenham.

The Chelsea stars then signed off, after which the brothers' mother Jean revealed that it was she who had organized the surprise.

Chelsea return to training


Chelsea successfully returned to training on Tuesday after being granted permission by the Premier League to do so in small groups. This was after the Premier League's calls for a return to training under Step 1 of Project Restart.

Chelsea are currently fourth in the league standings and are clinging on to the last UEFA Champions League spot. With the chasing pack breathing down their necks, Frank Lampard and co will look to finish the season strongly and secure a spot in Europe.

Published 21 May 2020, 22:11 IST
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