• February 9, 2023

Chelsea boss Tuchel admits ‘things got heated’ between Kepa Arrizabalaga and Antonio Rudiger

Neither Kepa Arrizabalaga nor Antonio Rüdiger will be punished for the incident on the training ground

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said it was getting hot in a “serious situation” between Kepa Arrizabalaga and Antonio Rüdiger on Sunday.

“We had to interfere in the situation, that was serious,” said Tuchel on Tuesday.

“They cleared the air immediately and there was nothing left the day after.”

Tuchel said the argument stemmed from a training incident and not the loss to West Brom.

Rudiger was Reportedly sent in earlyexternal link after the two players were seen pushing each other.

“It got hot between Toni and Kepa,” said the German. “So we calmed the situation down immediately.

“The reaction wasn’t okay. But the way the guys, especially Toni and Kepa, dealt with the situation was amazing and showed how much respect they have for each other.”

Tuchel said none of the players would be penalized after the players “cleared it up” immediately.

“They solved it in a very honest, humble and very straightforward way right after training,” added Tuchel.

“That showed me that you have a very good character. Toni clarified that straight away, and it was a strong and brave thing.”

Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic said the incident was “not a big deal”.

“These things happen in a family and we are a strong group,” said the Croatian. “We talked about it – everything is cleared and everything is done.”

Chelsea’s loss to West Brom at the weekend ended an unbeaten start of 14 games in Tuchel’s reign.

You will meet Porto in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. CET.

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