Most of the players are back on the training ground after recharging their batteries during the winter break and Antonio Rudiger seems to be well aware of the importance that the next few games hold in the context of Chelsea’s season.

Earlier today, the 26-year-old used his official Twitter account to boost the spirits of his teammates, urging them to maintain their focus amidst a daunting three-game run after the break.

Chelsea kick off proceedings after the winter break with a home game against Man United on February 17 before playing host to London rivals Tottenham on February 22.

Those two Premier League clashes will be followed by the visit of Bayern Munich for the first leg of the Champions League round-of-16 tie.

Rudiger, who underwent knee surgery prior to the start of the season, was a notable absentee during the first four months due to issues with his hip and groin, missing 18 games in all competitions.

The German, though, has shown signs of rediscovering his best form since his return to action late last year and scored a brace on his 100th appearance for the Blues in the 2-2 draw against Leicester City.