Rudiger reveals his secret to marking out Erling Haaland

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Real Madrid defender Antonio Rudiger put in a top showing in the Champions League semi-final clash against Manchester City.

The 30-year-old has recalled last season’s clash with Manchester City striker Erling Haaland in the first-leg of the Champions League semi-final at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Rudiger was tasked with handling Haaland for that game, and he ensured the Man City star was silent all game.

According to Rudiger, it was about his mentality and being physically ready for the game.

He told GQ: “He (Haaland) was absolutely calm. I know how far I can go if I am 100% physically and mentally. A circumstance was created that I love. The previous days, the media wondered if I was going to be able to defend Haaland.

“There were many doubts in the environment and if I’m honest, I love that atmosphere: shine more when people doubt me.

“I don’t feel like I’ve won it all, to be honest. One of the great objectives I have is to win the Champions League with Real Madrid. If you don’t win it, it’s like a failure. I am 30 years old, I am in my prime and I am very hungry for titles.”