Alonso plays down significance of Rudiger and Kepa training ground ‘bust-up’

Marcos Alonso downplayed the importance of a ‘burst’ at the training ground between Antonio Rudiger and Chelsea teammate Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Rudiger was reportedly sent home after Chelsea training on Sunday after a clash with goalkeeper Kepa, with the defender’s late challenge against the Spaniard prompting a heated exchange and confrontation.

The incident came following the club’s humiliating 5-2 home loss to relegation-threatened West Bromwich Albion, a game which saw the Blues’ undefeated record under Thomas Tuchel end flatly.

Rudiger has since reportedly apologized to Kepa for the clash and his teammate Alonso downplayed the significance of the incident, insisting that the so-called ‘burst’ shows ‘hunger’ within the Chelsea team.

“These are things that happen,” he said be in sports.

“It shows the level of competition in the team, the hunger we show even on the training ground and it’s good for the team.”

Alonso revealed the clash was settled shortly after spirits soared at the Cobham club’s training ground and said Chelsea would look to squeeze the ‘positive’ out of the incident as ‘they were trying to bounce back ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League quarter-final with Porto.

“Even before the end of training, everything was fine. Nothing new, it always happened.

“It will happen again. We have to take the positive and move on and get ready for the next game. “

Chelsea will travel to face Porto in the first leg of their eighth meeting on Wednesday night, before a trip to face Crystal Palace in the Premier League this weekend.

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