Thomas Tuchel’s 14-game unbeaten run as Chelsea manager came to an unexpected end on Saturday afternoon. The German’s Blues side was bettered by relegation-threatened West Brom 5-2 in a game that saw Thiago Silva sent off in the first half.
The Blues were already 1-0 up before the Brazilian picked up a second yellow card, leading to the team’s collapse, which was a huge concern to Tuchel.
After the game was brought to an end, the former Paris Saint-Germain manager recounted: “We cannot, after 14 games, lose our heads and this cannot take away the trust in the players. It was a moment to be calm and honest (in the dressing room) and it will be a hard afternoon and evening for everybody.”
“We have to accept the loss together and it is important to deal with it together, and I am part of it. Nothing will change, there was no scheduled group day off apart from for individual players who had traveled a lot, and nothing will change.”
The German was desperate for his Chelsea players to not lose their heads in the aftermath of the game. But it seems Antonio Rudiger did not take those words on board.
Now as per Telegraph, the German center-back was dismissed from training on Sunday after a clash with Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The incident is said to have occurred towards the end of the training session in the small-sided game, with Tony guilty of a late tackle on his teammate.
The issue quickly escalated from there as both players pushed each other. However, when Tuchel realized that Antonio Rudiger was not calming down, he decided to send the former AS Roma defender for an early cool down while Kepa finished the session.
Moreover, the report adds that the Chelsea boss already considers the matter closed and doesn’t believe there will be any lasting resentment between the pair.
Plus that Antonio Rudiger apologized for his actions, the German could still feature for the Blues against FC Porto in the Champions League this Wednesday at Seville.