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Alonso confirms Kepa-Rudiger clash but says it’s good for Chelsea


The defender and keeper had to be separated by teammates a day after the loss to West Bromwich.

Marcos Alonso insisted the training ground brawl between Antonio Rudiger and Kepa Arrizabalaga was good for Chelsea. A day after the loss to West Brom on Saturday, Chelsea’s first loss under Thomas Tuchel, Rudiger and Kepa had to be separated by teammates. Antonio Rudiger was sent from the training ground to cool off by Tuchel, while the defender later apologized for his role in the dispute.

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Marcos Alonso has confirmed that the altercation has taken place between his two teammates, but believes it demonstrates hunger and envy in the squad and believes it will be an advantage for the Blues. “These are things that happen”, Marcos Alonso told beIN SPORTS. “It shows the level of competition that reigns in the team, the hunger that we show even on the training ground and it is good for the team”.

Marcos Alonso confirmed the duo put the clash behind them before leaving the training ground and said it was almost certain the teammates would collide again in the future. “Even before the end of training, everything was fine”, did he declare. “Nothing new, it always happened. It will happen again. We have to take the positive and move on and prepare for the next game.”

A dispute already forgotten, Porto in the sights

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The defeat at West Bromwich put the brakes on Chelsea’s attempt to secure a place in the Premier League top four, but their focus now turns to the Champions League. The Blues will face Porto – winner of Juventus – in the first leg of their quarter-final on Wednesday. Chelsea start with the status of favorite in this meeting and have an incredible chance to reach the last four of the competition.

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In the Premier League, Chelsea are still in the race for a Champions League qualification. The Blues have experienced a return to form since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel on the sidelines in early January. The London club no longer occupies fourth place in the standings after West-Ham’s victory on Monday night against Wolverhampton. The Blues are only one point behind their London rival.

Chelsea will move to the Crystal Palace lawn next weekend while West-Ham will host Leicester, third in the table. The two teams will not meet again until the end of the season.

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