Thomas Tuchel welcomed Antonio Rüdiger and Kepa Arrizabalaga for showing « courage » to make amends after their collapse on the training ground.
Chelsea boss Tuchel confirmed that German defender Rüdiger and Spanish goalkeeper Kepa clashed in training, but insisted that the players have the spit and the matter is settled.
The blues came on Beaten 5-2 by West Brom on Saturday, paid a high price for Thiago Silva’s red card and ultimately slipped out of the top 4 of the Premier League.
In today’s Champions League quarter-finals, they will meet Porto in Seville. Tuchel firmly believes that the incident at the Cobham training ground is completely over.
« It had nothing to do with the defeat, it was just a training incident. It got hot between Toni and Kepa, so we did we calmed the situation down immediately, « said Tuchel.
» I don’t want to downplay it with anything artificial, these are things that we don’t want to accept; it was unusual, but they can happen.
« They are all competitors and want to win training games. We had to interfere in the situation, it was serious, but the way the guys dealt with the situation was impressive and showed a lot of courage.
« The reaction was not okay, but the reaction to it, How the guys dealt with the situation, especially Toni and Kepa, was amazing and showed how much respect they have for one another.
« They cleaned the air immediately. This was the most important thing, so that there was nothing left the day after. We talked about the problem and then it got resolved.
« That was the main part. They handled it in a very honest, humble and very direct way right after the training session. It showed me that they were a very good one Have character.
« Toni clarified it directly and it was a strong and courageous thing. So I’m happy with the way they dealt with it. «
» You know that Thiago Silva was sent off in the first half and that the game turned out differently, « said Conceicao.
« Chelsea were extremely competent up to this last game. You haven’t lost a game in the Champions League. They have the second best defense in the Champions League and also in the English league. «
» If you want my opinion, I would prefer you won the last game because those situations sound the siren and everyone more alert and dangerous, and I don’t like those defeats very much. «
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