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Ferdinand claims Chelsea star will ‘regret’ reaction to Real loss



Rio Ferdinand thinks Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger will “regret” his post-match reaction to their Champions League quarter-final loss to Real Madrid.

The Blues beat Real Madrid 3-1 during the 90 minutes but Karim Benzema’s goal in extra time saw Los Blancos progress 5-4 on aggregate over both legs.

Rudiger had been playing up front during the closing exchanges of the match as Chelsea attempted to find a late goal before Real Madrid defender David Alaba tried to console him at the final whistle.

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When Alaba put his arms around Rudiger at the end of the match, the German pushed him away and stormed off before dropping to his knees.

And Ferdinand thinks Rudiger will end up regretting his little outburst but understands why he reacted the way he did.

Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand said on BT Sport: “It’s emotional, man. And I don’t think he’d necessarily want to react like that or see those pictures.

“But the feeling there you can’t control it. We’ve all been there after big games, I’ve said and done things that you regret, you think: ‘that’s not me, that’s not my normal personality’. But this is what football means to people.”

“Benzema puts those chances away for Chelsea, Chelsea go through to the semi-finals.”@rioferdy5, Joe Cole and Steve McManaman the Blues’ missed opportunities in both legs of their thriller vs Real Madrid… #UCL pic.twitter.com/2UBNqwrM58

— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 12, 2022

Ferdinand added: “If you see changing rooms after games… imagine that changing room there. There will be things going flying.

“I hit walls, I ended up kicking people at times! I got done at Chelsea kicking someone by accident, you don’t mean it you just lose your head, you don’t mean anything by it.

“But I like to see that because that’s the emotion, there’s a care and a desire to win and they know what it means and how close they were.”

Fellow pundit Steve McManaman said: “He’s angry, he’s upset. I mean, you imagine the range of emotions for us [just watching], but the range of emotions today was everything.

“You’re out of the competition, 3-1 down, suddenly play great and you’re going through to the next round and 3-0 up, and then that happens again. You can understand. No wonder Thomas Tuchel is getting greyer, it’s sad.”


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