Before Chelsea’s trip to Porto (Wednesday at 9 p.m., on RMC Sport 2), in the Champions League, Thomas Tuchel returned to the altercation between Rüdiger and Kepa, which occurred last Sunday, in training. If he did not wish to minimize the incident, the coach of the Blues also clarified that the conflict was settled.
After fourteen games without the slightest defeat, Thomas Tuchel experienced a first misstep since his arrival on the Chelsea bench on Saturday in the Premier League. A very heavy setback (5-2), which was moreover conceded against the 19th in the West Bromwich Albion championship, which had the consequence of tightening the locker room. The training session the next day, Sunday, was extremely tense. An incident has indeed broken out between two players. Antonio Rüdiger was completely excluded from the session after coming to blows with his goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Tuchel: “It was strong and courageous on his part”
“It was heated between Toni and Kepa, told Thomas Tuchel on Tuesday, in a press conference, thus confirming the information given by the Daily Telegraph. We immediately calmed the situation. We were obliged to intervene, it was serious.” The two players were separated by their teammates. And if Thomas Tuchel regrets this inglorious episode, he also wanted to salute the return to calm and the way in which they finally managed to calm the situation between them.
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“The reaction was not good. But the way the guys handled the situation, especially Toni and Kepa, was amazing and showed the respect they have for each other.” “They fixed the problem immediately after training in a very honest, humble and very direct manner,” he added, indicating that neither of these two players would be punished. “It showed me that they have a very good character. Toni solved the problem directly, it was strong and courageous on his part,” he said.
“The next day, there was nothing left,” even assured Thomas Tuchel. Kepa and Rüdiger sat on the bench for the entire game against the Baggies last weekend. The Chelsea Blues go to FC Porto on Wednesday, in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League. The match will be broadcast exclusively on RMC Sport 2.