Ahead of Porto clash, what Chelsea player and manager has said about the training ground bust-up

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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger had a training ground bust-up with Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, as the team prepared to face Porto in the Champions League quarter-final clash on Wednesday.

A lot has been said of the incident across many media outlet, as the incident has seen gained massive attention.

The fact it happened after a 5-2 defeat made it all worse, coupled with a crucial Champions League clash coming up. But the Chelsea camp has handled the matter very well and has since diffused the incident.

Rudiger had reportedly apologised to Kepa and calmness was restored without much fuss.

Speaking ahead of the game against Porto, Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic played down the incident.

Kovacic told reporters: “It’s not a big deal.

“It’s just competition in the dressing room and we spoke about it, all cleared so it’s all done.

“We are a strong group and these things happen in a family and in strong groups. We accept it, we leave it behind, we clear it and we are all focused together for the game tomorrow.”

Tuchel also praised Rudiger for his ‘brave’ decision to clear the air with his team-mate ahead of Wednesday’s first leg with Porto in Seville.

Asked if the incident was serious between Rudiger and Kepa, Tuchel replied: “I would tell you if it was so but it was not.

“It had nothing to do with the defeat. It was just an incident in training, it got heated up between Toni and Kepa.

“We calmed the situation down immediately. I don’t want to play down how artificial, these are things we don’t want to accept and things are normally unusual but they can happen in little games, in little groups.

“They 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 it, how the guys handled the situation, especially Toni and especially Kepa was amazing and showed how much respect they have for each other because they sorted it out directly.

“They cleared the air immediately, this was the most important so there was nothing left one day after.”

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