Chelsea team-mates Antonio Rudiger and Kepa Arrizabalaga clashed during training at Cobham on Sunday, as boss Thomas Tuchel dismissed defender from session; Blues lost unbeaten record under Tuchel with shock 5-2 defeat against Sam Allardyce’s West Brom on Saturday.
The German was sent to the changing rooms after a late tackle on Kepa caused some pushing and shoving between the pair, but later apologised to his team-mate.
Both Arrizabalaga and Anthonio were left on the bench during Saturday’s defeat, which handed Tottenham and Liverpool a chance to cut the gap to two points, while West Ham will have the opportunity to bypass the Blues in fourth when they face Wolves on Monday Night Football.
T.T says his side were not overconfident, but thought their play looked ‘rusty’, as Chelsea suffered a shock 5-2 defeat to West Brom at Stamford BridgeSaturday’s defeat created tensions in the Chelsea camp despite Tuchel warning his players not to lose their heads after the game.
“We cannot lose our heads now and take away the trust we have in these players,” Tuchel said. “It was the moment after the game to be honest, be calm and to tell everybody to breathe.”This will be a hard evening for everybody. We had completely different plans how to start this match day so we have to accept it now, it’s our first loss together. It’s important to find a way to deal with it together.”
Chelsea are also preparing for their Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash against Porto on Wednesday, with both legs set to be played at a neutral ground – the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville – due to coronavirus travel restrictions.