Antonio Rudiger bizarrely claims he DELIBERATELY made mistakes while at Chelsea to liven up their fans when they were ‘too quiet’, as he reveals he was ‘surprised’ and ‘sad’ about Thomas Tuchel’s Stamford Bridge sacking
- Antonio Rudiger says he deliberately made mistakes last season vs Newcastle
- Rudiger, then playing for Chelsea, did it to stir supporters during their 1-0 win
- The 29-year-old left the Blues for Real Madrid on a free transfer this summer
Eradicating mistakes is key to being an elite defender, but for Antonio Rudiger that doesn’t appear to be the case with the now-Real Madrid man revealing he would deliberately make some while playing for Chelsea.
Rudiger swapped the blue of west London for the white of Madrid this summer – leaving the Premier League outfit on a free transfer.
It brought an end to five seasons at Stamford Bridge where the centre back won the Champions League, FA Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup.
Antonio Rudiger has revealed he deliberately made mistakes while playing for Chelsea to stir supporters and raise the volume at Stamford Bridge when he felt the crowd were ‘too quiet’
Citing last season’s 1-0 win over Newcastle in March, he admitted he caused mistakes then
The Germany international proved a fan favourite at Chelsea but did have his eccentric moments in their backline.
And now the 29-year-old has admitted that he would deliberately cause chaos by producing errors on the pitch to stir Chelsea fans when he felt they were too quiet during matches.
Citing last season’s dramatic 1-0 Premier League victory over Newcastle in March, which saw Kai Havertz score an 89th-minute winner, Rudiger – who was booked in this match – points to this fixture as one he was deliberately careless in.
‘I’ll be honest: I deliberately made a few mistakes because it was just too quiet in the stadium for me during this game,’ he told German outlet Sport1.
‘I wanted to wake people up with it.’
Rudiger was booked during the 1-0 win over the Magpies in the Premier League last season too
And while Chelsea supporters may be angered reading those quotes, Rudiger has revealed he loved being a source of contention to opposing players.
Talking about winding up rivals, Rudiger added: ‘I like to analyse my opponents and think to myself: “Okay, let’s see how they react if I provoke them a bit”.
‘But it’s not like I pick someone before every game. That happens spontaneously.’
Since leaving Chelsea, Rudiger has made nine appearances for LaLiga and Champions League holders Real Madrid so far as he eases into the starting XI.
Rudiger has featured nine times for Real Madrid so far this season, who remain unbeaten