Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Antonio Rudiger and Kepa Arrizabalaga were involved in a training ground confrontation.
While Chelsea did not comment on the matter publicly, Tuchel was open about the situation in Tuesday's news conference as he addressed the media ahead of the club's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Porto.
“It was not [serious]. It was an incident in training and got heated between Toni and Kepa,” Tuchel said.
But although he initially played down the incident, Tuchel backtracked and emphasised the gravity of what occurred.
“It was serious,” he continued. ” We needed to interfere in this situation, so it was serious. How the guys handled the situation was impressive and showed character, but the situation was serious.
“That it got out [leaked]…I get used to it in modern times. There are too many channels and ways that information can get out.”
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Regarding a punishment, Tuchel confirmed Rudiger will play on Wednesday and added: “No, no punishment so far because of the way they dealt with it.”
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