Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has praised Antonio Rudiger and Kepa Arrizabalaga for showing “courage” to make amends after their training-ground bust-up.
The German defender Rudiger and Spaniard Kepa reportedly clashed in training, after the blues 5-2 loss to West Brom in the Premier League.
However, Tuchel has revealed that the players have resolved their differences and move on.
Chelsea is set to face Porto at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan for the first leg of the quarter-final of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night.
Tuchel insists the Cobham training-ground incident is completely finished.
“It was nothing to do with the defeat, it was just an incident in training; it got heated up between Toni and Kepa,” said Tuchel.
“So we calmed the situation down immediately. I don’t want to play it down with anything artificial, these are things we don’t want to accept; it was unusual but they can happen.
“They are all competitors and want to win training matches. We needed to interfere in the situation, so that was serious.
“But the way the guys handled the situation, that was impressive and showed a lot of courage.
“The reaction was not okay, but the reaction to it, how the guys handled the situation, especially Toni and Kepa, was amazing and showed how much respect they have for each other.
“They cleared the air immediately. This was the most important so there was nothing left the day after. We spoke about the issue and then it was solved.
“This was the main part. They sorted it out straight after training in a very honest, humble, and very direct way. That showed me they have very good character.”