Thomas Tuchel says things “got heated” between Antonio Rudiger and Kepa Arrizabalaga during a Chelsea training session on Sunday before the pair “cleared the air” immediately.
As first reported by the Daily Telegraph, tempers flared at Cobham the day after Chelsea’s shock 5-2 defeat by West Brom on Saturday, a result that ended their 14-match unbeaten start under Tuchel.
Rudiger was sent to the changing rooms after a late tackle on Kepa caused some pushing and shoving between the pair, but he later apologised to his team-mate.
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Speaking at a press conference before the first leg of his side’s Champions League quarter-final against Porto on Wednesday, Chelsea head coach Tuchel said: “It had nothing to do with the defeat.
“It was just an incident in training and it got heated between Toni and Kepa, so we calmed the situation down immediately.
“These are things we don’t want to accept but these things can happen in little games, in little groups. They are all competitors and they want to win training matches.”
Tuchel added neither Rudiger nor Kepa would be punished after the players immediately sorted it out between themselves.
Chelsea defender Rudiger was sent to the changing rooms after a late tackle on Kepa caused some pushing and shoving between the pair
“The reaction was not OK, but how the guys handled the situation was amazing and…