Antonio Rudiger says the Chelsea players have to accept as a team they were well below their best in our defeat to Manchester City and was especially disappointed by the fact it was in the areas we are usually strongest that we came up short
We suffered our first loss of the season due to a solitary goal early in the second half, the first we have conceded at Stamford Bridge in 2021/22 and our first from open play in the current Premier League campaign.
While we managed to keep Man City out in the first half and started to come into things a little more after going behind, we struggled to break through our opponents’ high press throughout, leaving strikers Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner isolated and making it difficult to pose a threat of our own.
Rudiger did acknowledge the quality of opposition we faced at the Bridge, but felt the result was more down to our own drop in performance than the ability of the team we faced, meaning we can have no complaints about the result.
‘This performance in the first half doesn’t need any explanation because we were very bad and, for me, I think over the whole game we didn’t produce,’ said the defender. ‘At the end of the day against a team like them, you can’t do that. In the first half we defended well, but they scored the goal. It was a deflection but they deserved it.’