Ruidiger sends warning to Chelsea about Real Madrid duo who can render their defense useless; What he said.
Ruidiger have sent a warning to Chelsea to take caution in this coming UCL match and be more careful about these Madrid duo as they can be threatening to their defense.
The 30-year-old has played an important role under Carlo Ancelotti, making 38 appearances in all competitions.
And he will undoubtedly be eyeing having a say against his former club as Real pursue an unprecedented 15th Champions League crown.
After the La Liga giants triumphed 5-4 after extra-time in a thriller against Chelsea in last season’s competition, Rudiger hailed Karim Benzema and Luka Modric.
He told BT Sport: “Over the two legs if you make these kinds of mistakes, you get punished.
“It was do-or-die for us. Before the game, not everybody thought we could get to 3-0, but then the individual class came to light with Modric and Benzema. Now we are here.”
Benzema and Modric have shown no signs of slowing down this season. The duo were class personified as Real dumped Liverpool out 6-2 on aggregate in the last 16.
Chelsea beat Real 3-1 on aggregate on their way to lifting the honour in the 2021/22 season, but the Covid-stricken atmosphere didn’t help the latter’s usual aura thrive.
If the Blues navigate past their familiar foes, another competition favourite in Manchester City or Bayern Munich await in the semi-finals.
But Potter will urge his side to take it one step at a time, with this season’s Champions League likely their best chance of qualifying for the 2023/24 edition.