Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger was full of praise for the team’s efforts during their Champions League quarter-final loss to Real Madrid. The London team mounted a thrilling comeback after losing the first leg 3-1 loss. Goals from Mason Mount, Antonio Rudiger, and Timo Wener put them in front but a Rodrygo goal pushed the tie into extra time. Karim Benzema haunted them once again as he scored the winner.
“The positive is we didn’t give up. Not many teams can dominate as we did. But the big but is over the two legs, if you make these mistakes that we do, you get punished,” Antonio Rudiger said after their Champions League loss. “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.”
“It was unbelievable to describe this game. We were dead until the goal that we scored. I can’t say we played a bad game, but they used their chances well and scored three goals,” Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric said. “We kept believing and kept fighting and showed huge character. This stadium and the fans were very helpful to us. When we were losing 3-0, they were there supporting us. That gave us more boost to keep believing we could turn this around. I think the mister [Ancelotti] did great changes and they did well. In this competition, experience certainly plays an important role and today it helped us a bit.”