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The key characteristic Frank Lampard says Antonio Rudiger must bring to Chelsea's team

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Frank Lampard has told Antonio Rudiger that he must take on added leadership responsibilities at Chelsea this season, with the head coach convinced that the Germany centre back is ready to be a greater influence on his younger team-mates.

"He will have an important role," Lampard said.

Pushed further on Rudiger's leadership qualities, Lampard added: "Everyone talks about how young we are but I don’t want a young team for the sake of it.



N'Golo Kante will not travel to Molineux for the game against Nuno Espirito Santo's team as he continues to recover from an ankle injury, although Mateo Kovacic is expected to be fit.

Rudiger's return will be a big boost for the Premier League's second-most porous defence, having conceded nine goals in four games, but Lampard has said that he must also become a role model for his younger team-mates.

The 26-year-old is expected to make his first start of the season away to Wolves on Saturday afternoon having been sidelined because of a knee injury since April.

"I know he has been important for the club and team since he has been here.
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