That’s my coach! Tuchel reveals massive punishment Rudiger and Kepa received after training ground fight
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Sunday’s training ground fight between Chelsea duo Antonio Rudiger and Kepa Arrizabalaga.
“It was just an incident in training and it got heated up between Toni and Kepa, and so we calmed the situation down immediately,” Tuchel explained.
“I don’t want to play it down. These are things we don’t want to accept and things that are normally unusual, but they can happen in little games in little groups. They [the players] are all competitors and want to win training matches so things got a little too heated up, the reaction was not okay, but the reaction to that, how the guys handled the situation, especially Toni and especially Kepa was amazing.
“It showed how much respect they have for me and for each other because they sorted it out directly. They cleared the air immediately and this was the most important thing. There was nothing left one day after.
We spoke about the issue and then it was solved and this is the main part, that it did not stay with us, it was not an awkward situation, the players did not go home with it not solved.
“They sorted it out straight after training in a very honest, humble and direct way and that showed me that they have good character.”
Tuchel also revealed there was no punishment for the players due to the way they handled the incident afterwards.
“It is a strong part of sport at this level and the character in football at this level that guys hate to lose,” he added, “so once we suffered a big loss in a weird game it is absolutely normal that there are reactions. It means we feel uncomfortable and we showed something. Clearly there are rules and there are lines which we do not want to overstep. It happened one day after the match but things are sorted out.
“No punishment because of the way they dealt with it. The reaction was an immediate reaction. Toni sorted it out directly which was also absolutely necessary and was a strong and brave thing to do. It was the only right thing to do because that cleared the air immediately.
“So we continued and made our point clear from club and from me that we are happy with the way they dealt with it, but these are things that we don’t like to accept but for the moment for this situation there is no further punishment.”