Chelsea lost 6-0 Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium after conceding four times in the opening 25 minutes – the Blues worst ever result since losing 7-0 to Nottingham Forest in 1991.
The defeat was demoralising and Chelsea’s performance was awful that majority of the fans left the stadium at half-time.
After the full-time whistle was blown, Rudiger was one of few players who went up to the fans, going over to the away support to apologise for the embarrassing loss.
However, the Chelsea fans weren’t interested in the apology as Rudiger was involved in a heated confrontation with a fan at the end of the game.
One particular fan hurled abuse at Rudiger for his – and the team’s – dreadful performance, and then tempers started to flare was at this point, and according Football.London, Rudiger yelled: “I’ve come over to say sorry, stand in front of me if you‘ve something to say.”
The 25-year-old German defender then asked an Etihad steward if he could climb the barrier to speak to the fan face to face, though he wasn’t permitted.
A disappointed Rudiger eventually handed his shirt over to a delighted young fan and walked back to the tunnel to join the rest of the teammates who had already gone down the tunnel, and the majority of fans applauded him as he left.
Sunday’s result means Chelsea have now lost three straight away games and the 6-0 loss to Manchester City means the Blues are now sixth on the table, behind to Arsenal on goal difference.
Speaking after the game, Graeme Souness admitted that it was unacceptable for a club like Chelsea to lose 6-0.
Souness said: “I’m never comfortable talking about managers losing their job, I’ve been there, had that feeling, it’s not great.
“Given the history of Chelsea, they don’t mess around do they? A lot of Chelsea supporters that came to this game were leaving just after half time.
“For owners and directors coming… I think it’s going to be difficult for him to hold onto his job, 6-0 is just not acceptable for Chelsea. It might seem ruthless but that’s the business they’re in.”