‘If you make these mistakes, you get punished’ – Rudiger reveals who to blame for Chelsea’s Champions League exit

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Chelsea were a few minutes away from sealing a dramatic comeback that would send the Blues into the semi-final of the Champions League.

Mason Mount, Antonio Rudiger and Timo Werner had scored three goals to put Chelsea in front, but an 80th minute goal from Rodrygo killed the morale of Thomas Tuchel’s men, with Karim Benzema’s extra time goal settling a win for Real Madrid.

A distraught Antonio Rudiger was inconsolable at the end of the game, and while he praised the team’s performance, he also highlighted that silly mistakes cost them the game.

“The positive is we didn’t give up,” he said at the post match press conference.

“Not many teams can dominate as we did. But it is over the two legs, if you make these mistakes that we do, you get punished.

“The game plan was to find our no 10s with Ruben and Mason between Casemiro, we got the goal and we controlled it. We didn’t panic and did it quite well. In the second half, we scored goals and we did everything we could.

“It was a do or die for us. I think before the game, nobody thought we would have a 3-0 but the individual class comes to light with Modric and Benzema. Now we are here.”

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