'I made deliberate mistakes during Chelsea games'

Antonio Rudiger and Eden Hazard
Antonio Rudiger and Eden Hazard

Real Madrid star Antonio Rudiger has made the shock admission that he used to intentionally make mistakes during matches for Chelsea. 

The Germany defender made the switch to Carlo Ancelotti's side in July following his exit from the Blues as a free agent after his contract expired.  

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Prior to joining the LaLiga giants, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain were linked with the centre-back's services, while his agent reportedly met with FC Barcelona officials in March to discuss a potential move to the Camp Nou.   

His exit from the London club came as a surprise to many as the player was considered a vital member of the Blues team that won the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League and was a regular starter last season. 

After Rudiger made the switch to Madrid from London, his intermediary Saif Rubie claimed that Chelsea subjected them to low contract offers that paled in comparison to the likes Romelu Lukaku received, leading to the 29-year-old's decision to leave the Premier League club.  

In a recent interview, the defender reflected on his time at Stamford Bridge, and admitted that he would deliberately make a mistake during matches in order to get fans off their seats. 

"I'll be honest: I deliberately made a few mistakes because it was just too quiet in the stadium for me during this game," the German international told Sport1, per Tribal football

"I wanted to wake people up with it.

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"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." 

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