The heavy defeat of Chelsea against West Bromwich Albion this Saturday (5-2), as part of the 30th day of the Premier League, has left its mark in the ranks of the Blues. According to the Telegraph, Antonio Rudiger and Kepa Arrizabalaga had an altercation in training, which led to Thomas Tuchel sending the defender back to the locker room.
The slap visibly left traces. Thomas Tuchel suffered his first Chelsea bench defeat on Saturday, with a scathing 5-2 conceded against West Bromwich Albion in Matchday 30 of the Premier League. A match, finished numerically for the Blues after the red card from Thiago Silva, which obviously created a stir in the London group.
According to the Telegraph, the tone rose sharply this Sunday in training, between Antonio Rudiger and Kepa Arrizabalaga (none had played against WBA the day before). The two got off to an early scuffle in opposition, after the defender was guilty of a late tackle on the Spain keeper. The latter reacted strongly and the two got confused.
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The incident is closed for Tuchel
Thomas Tuchel decided to counter the anger of the German international by sending him back to the locker room for the end of the day’s session (there were only a few minutes left) to relieve the pressure. The British daily reports, however, that Rudiger apologized to Kepa some time later. What the technician of the Blues would have decreed that the incident was now closed.
Tensions between Azpilicueta and Reece James after the match
Note that just after the final whistle, in the locker room, the tone would already have risen between Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James, the captain judging his teammate responsible for one of the goals conceded. Tensions eased quickly according to the Telegraph, the two men showing no hostility towards each other in training this Sunday.
Everything seems to be back to normal at Chelsea. But there are arguably better ways to prepare for a Champions League quarter-final first leg. On Wednesday, the Londoners will face Porto, in a meeting relocated to Seville (9 p.m., to be followed on RMC Sport).