Antonio Rudiger calls Chelsea teammate Kepa Arrizabalaga ‘my brother’ as the pair sign a truce and leave their training ground after clashing after the West Brom disaster.
- Chelsea stars Antonio Rudiger and Kepa Arrizabalaga clashed in practice
- The men had to be separated the morning after their 5-2 defeat to West Brom
- A 2-0 win over Porto in the Champions League helped ease the tension
- Rudiger and Arrizabalaga messaged each other online the next day
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea side is one big happy family again, as Kepa Arrizabalaga and Antonio Rudiger have left their training ground behind.
The Blues’ training ground at Cobham was a tense place to be the morning after a 5-2 defeat to West Brom at Stamford Bridge last weekend, and it started between the two stars.
The German went in for a late tackle on the Spaniard and there was pressure and arguments between the two, before the defender was sent back to the dressing room by Tuchel early.
Antonio Rudiger messaged Chelsea teammate Kepa Arrizabalaga to squash their feud
Rudiger made a rash tackle on Arrizabalaga before he was sent back to the locker room
Wednesday night’s 2-0 win over Porto in the Champions League has certainly lifted the mood, and the pair have now left their spit behind.
Rudiger posted a shot of the two players arm-in-arm from last season on his Instagram, writing ‘Mi Hermano (my brother)’ along with a heart emoji.
The goalkeeper responded with three blue-hearted emojis and let their fans know that everything is fine again at the Blues camp.
Tensions were high at Cobham after Saturday’s shameful 5-2 defeat to West Brom
Both players were unused substitutes in the Premier League defeat to relegation-threatened Baggies, but Tuchel brought Rudiger back into the squad on Wednesday and the center-back helped his side to a valuable out.
West Brom handed Tuchel his first defeat since replacing Frank Lampard, and Chelsea hope the shocking result will put them back at their best in the pursuit of Champions League football.
The Blues are fifth, one point behind London rival West Ham, with Spurs and Liverpool two points behind.
A 2-0 win over Porto in the Champions League helped lighten the mood in West London