Toni Rudiger is gutted to be leaving Chelsea with out one closing winner’s medal after Liverpool made Thomas Tuchel’s aspect pay on consequences in some other cup ultimate.
Having misplaced February’s Carabao Cup showpiece to Jurgen Klopp’s Reds on spot-kicks following an attractive, scoreless combat, historical past repeated itself as the edges met again at Wembley vying for FA Cup glory.
Neither aspect may just to find the step forward throughout 120 mins, with Alisson Becker denying Mason Mount sooner than Kostas Tsimikas fired house to seal Liverpool a 6-5 sudden-death shoot-out triumph.
It was once Chelsea’s 3rd FA Cup ultimate loss in as a few years and compounded February’s Carabao Cup frustrations for Rudiger.
“I think it was a good game like the Carabao Cup final,” the centre-back mentioned.
“We had chances, they had chances. But at the end of the day we know that penalties are always a lottery. We lost. At the end of the day it’s about winning.
“It’s about today, it’s not about next season. The game was about today and it was there to take and, yeah, unfortunately we didn’t.”
Asked what the variation is between being fortunate and unfortunate, Rudiger mentioned: “It’s always difficult to say whether we are lucky or unlucky.
“Personally for myself it’s the third time (I have lost a final) so you can’t always say unlucky, unlucky, unlucky.”
Rudiger was once a part of Chelsea’s triumphant FA Cup aspect in 2018, then went directly to style glory within the Europa League and Champions League.
There had been additionally wins on this season’s UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup, but this was once no longer the finishing he dreamed of as he prepares to sign up for Real Madrid in the summertime.
“It’s been five years as normal with ups and downs, but with a lot of positive things,” the Germany global mentioned.
“That’s why I’m even more frustrated because I wanted to have a different ending.
“At the end of the day it’s not only about one side, it’s both sides – Chelsea have been great to me, I have been great to Chelsea.
“As always, I am very, very thankful, me, my family. I became a man here. My kids were born here and everything. London and especially Chelsea will always be special to me.”
Rudiger has been a key cog in Tuchel’s backline and can now depart on a unfastened switch on the finish of the marketing campaign.
The uncertainty introduced by means of Roman Abramovich’s go out has made issues sophisticated for Chelsea in contemporary months, however the 29-year-old says that didn’t have an effect on his go out.
“I don’t want to go too deep in things,” he added. “There was a chance (of staying) but sanctions is not the problem.”