Rudiger laments Chelsea mistakes as starters denied epic Real Madrid comeback

Karim Benzema scored a hat-trick in the first leg at Stamford Bridge, helped in particular by errors from goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and Rudiger for his third goal, before the Blues managed to win 3-2 after extra time in the second leg of tuesday. .

Rudiger was visibly glowing full-time as his Madrid counterpart David Alaba tried to calm him down, before giving his reaction to BT Sport.

The German said: “The good thing is that we didn’t give up and few teams can come here and dominate them like we did.

“But on both legs, if you make the kind of mistakes we make, you get punished.”

Chelsea staged an emotional return to the Bernabeu to briefly lead the game, thanks to goals from Mason Mount, a header from Rudiger and Timo Werner.

He continued: “That was the game plan, finding the No10s with Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] and Mason enters Casemiro to find space. We found it, we got the goal.

“We controlled it, we didn’t panic and I think we did it pretty well. In the second half, we scored goals. We did everything we could, but like I said in both runs, if you make those mistakes, you get punished.

Rudiger, who is out of contract this summer, lost the magic moment of Luka Modric who set up Rodrgyo’s overall leveler ahead of Benzema’s extra-time winner as the centre-back lost his footing in the box .

Describing the final moments, he added: “It was do or die for us, I think before the game not everyone thought we would go 3-0 but then the individual class comes through with Modric and Benzema. Now we are [out].”

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