Tensions were running high at Chelsea’s training on Sunday after the team was smacked 5-2 by West Brom the previous day. Thiago Silva was hit with a red card early in the match and Chelsea was just worn down by Sam Allardyce’s side for a lopsided loss.
In a report that was originally filed by The Telegraph’s Matt Law (as captured by The Daily Mail), Germany international Antonio Rüdiger was dismissed from training early after getting into a row with Kepa Arrizabalaga:
Hot on the heels of the capitulation against West Bromwich Albion, Thomas Tuchel ordered Antonio Rudiger to stop training early on Sunday after he had a fight with goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
There was pushing and arguing between the pair, neither of whom played in the defeat by West Brom, when tempers flared in training and Tuchel sent his defender into the changing rooms shortly before the end of the session to calm down.
The row kicked off during a small-sided game when Rudiger went in late on Kepa, who reacted badly but was allowed to see out the session. Rudiger apologised to Kepa later on and Tuchel is satisfied that the incident is dealt with.
In sort of an odd twist to this scuffle, neither player actually took part in Chelsea’s loss as both were on the bench for the game’s entirety. Meanwhile, per Football 365, Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James had words after Saturday’s final whistle as well.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel also implored his squad to not unravel after one loss:
Sport Bild’s Christian Falk confirmed the incident as well:
TRUE ✅ there was a quarrel in @ChelseaFC training between Rüdiger and Kepa. Source: @TelegraphSport @Matt_Law_DT. According to my informations @ToniRuediger apologized to @kepa_46 in the dressing room. both embraced for reconciliation. for Thomas Tuchel the dispute is settled— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) April 5, 2021
As indicated, Rüdiger has reportedly apologize for his actions.