Rudiger reveals Champions League inspiration

Antonio Rudiger has admitted of trying to emulate Chelsea’s 2012 heroics by winning the Champions League on Saturday when they take on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. Having been frozen out of the team during Lampard’s reign, the German international has been a mainstay under Thomas Tuchel.

Speaking to reporters, Rudiger said “You watch players lifting trophies, at the training ground you walk around the building, you see the pictures of former players in the last few years and you see yourself, picture yourself and it’s something you cannot replace in your mind.”

It is the pinnacle 100 per cent. Of course you dream of this when you’re a youngster, when you are growing up and just starting out. You watch football, you watch Champions League games or whatever trophy.”

It’s good to have this dream but it’s another thing to make it a reality and that is the tough part.That is why I’m careful with this, because at the end of the day you have to do the job first and then you can have the reality. Then you look after the good, happy pictures and then it’s nice.”

But to dream too much about it, to picture it, no. You can’t allow yourself.

The defender was instrumental in helping Chelsea defeat Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge, where he kept the likes of Benzema and Hazard at bay. However, Rudiger did not think that was his best performance of the season. He added “What can I say? You don’t need to be motivated for a game like this. Everyone expected that, in the end, we would not go through, that it would be too difficult but that underdog role got something extra out of us all.

We wanted to prove something and show that we can beat a great side like that. It was double motivation.For me, myself, it’s to lead by example and do whatever it takes to win and go through.”

It was a great game for me but I think that was maybe not my best game of the season. That was Leicester at home.”

But I had a good game against Real Madrid, I enjoyed myself obviously and I like to play against players like Benzema and Eden Hazard and it was the first time I’ve played against him. I really enjoyed it.”

But there was big pressure, we also did a good game away from and I’ve never played in a Champions League semi final before and not a final and we needed that extra step to get there.”

I like the pressure. I like pressure games. This is my strength. I come from that side – passion, emotion, motivation and being driven.”

Source: Mirror

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