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N'Golo Kante was on the receiving end of a berating from Antonio Rudiger, after the defender had to clean up his teammates mess on Tuesday night.
Chelsea were very unlucky to get knocked out of the Champions League quarter finals by Real Madrid, after their stirring performance in the Bernabeu.
Had it not been for a moment of pure genius from Luka Modric then they would have won in normal time and then Karim Benzema did what Karim Benzema does and scored the crucial winner in extra time.
Whilst it was a good night for most in Chelsea's yellow away kit, in terms of performance, Kante was rather lacking and was involved in both Real goals.
He also had to be saved by Rudiger on another occasion. With the game level on aggregate, and the Blues 2-0 up on the night, the French midfielder sloppily lost the ball to Toni Kroos in the middle of the pitch.
Kroos was able to get forward untroubled, once Kante had missed a tackle, and played a brilliant ball for Vinicius Junior, only for Rudiger to make a brilliant challenge, and then get to his feet and scream at his teammate.
Rudiger after his heroic tackle to kante. You cannot tell me rudiger is not one scary mf pic.twitter.com/5wuvm8xlfu— mendyout (@imnotabotffs1) April 13, 2022
When Rudiger sees Kante after the game pic.twitter.com/eVgAk2LJNV— stevanović (@supportsteven) April 12, 2022
It was only five minutes before that when Marcos Alonso thought he'd put his side ahead for the first time in the tie, only for VAR to rule it out, after Rudger's header just after halftime had put them level.
Minutes after Timo Werner did put his side ahead, only for Modric to provide the ball of the night for Rodrygo to level things up on aggregate.
Kante gave the ball away in the lead up to the incident and when Benzema scored the winner it was the former Leicester City man who was late to close down a loose ball in midfield in the build up.
However Rudiger also slipped at the worst time, as Vinicius Junior played the cross in the box, towards the man Rudiger was marking, although Thierry Henry's brilliant analysis showed why it might not have mattered.
Rudiger, who is expected to leave the club at the end of the season when his contract expires, focused on the mistakes him and his team made over the two legs.
"Over the two legs if you make these kind of mistakes you get punished," the centre back told BT Sports after the match.
"It was a do or die for us. Before the game not everybody thought we could get to 3-0 but then the individual class comes to light with Modric and Benzema, now we are here.
"The positive is we didn’t give up. Not many teams can come here and dominate them as we did. But over the two legs if you make the mistakes we did, you get punished."