It was also suggested that the absence of Mason Mount through injury or the shift to a 3-5-2 system from the start played a part in our defeat, but these were dismissed by the German international.
‘For us it’s a team effort, it’s not about the individuals, and we have enough good players to replace anyone. No-one is irreplaceable so that’s why I think that doesn’t play any factor.
‘Analysing and saying it was about tactics, it’s just not true. I think it’s just that we did not perform at our high level that we usually do and we got punished for this. We just had a bad day at the office.’
It was particularly disappointing for Rudiger that we struggled the most in parts of the game where we have become used to excelling, such as putting opponents under pressure in possession and building attacks from the back with our passing game, as we failed to match our usual tempo.
‘Normally what we are strong in, today we didn’t show,’ added the 28-year-old. ‘We’ve played against them before and we played out from the back and it was not a problem like today. Today I think it was more on us, we have to play more ourselves. Obviously they played good, but we were not at our best.