The coach divulged that everything was fine between the pair now
Chelsea’s 5-2 defeat to West Brom saw the club’s players go bonkers. Unable to digest the manner in which they catapulted and collapsed as a unit, the team saw a string of players exchange choice words ensuing the result.
The most notable was Antonio Rudiger and Kepa’s clash during a training session. Both the players were involved in a nasty incident as they vied on the ball, one which turned ugly as the two locked heads long after the incident.
It lead to Rudiger being eventually banished from training by Thomas Tuchel with the German defender refusing to calm down. However, things look far rosier for the club in the aftermath of the incident with Rudiger making penance for his act by apologising to Kepa.
Rudiger And Kepa Make Up
Tuchel has now finally lifted the lid on the tiff as he spoke prior to Chelsea’s Champions League quarter-final with Porto. The coach talked about the incident and also spoke about how things had now settled between the two.
“It was not [serious]. It was an incident in training and got heated between Toni and Kepa. We calmed the situation down immediately. I don’t want to play things down artificially. We do not want to accept but they can happen because everyone is competitive in training matches, Tuchel said when asked about the fight.
“The reaction to it, Toni and Kepa, was amazing, They showed how much respect they have for each other. They cleared the air and there was nothing left one day after. We spoke about the issue and then it solved. This is the main part. It will stay with us, it wasn’t awkward. They solved it straight after training in an honest and humble way and it showed me they have good character.
“No punishment so far because of the way they dealt with it. The reaction was immediate, they made it clear for everybody what happened. Toni sorted out it directly which was necessary.
“It was a strong and brave thing to do and the right thing to do. It cleared the air immediately and made it clear to the club and me that we were happy with how they dealt with it. These are things we don’t like to accept but for this situation, there will be no more punishment.”