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April 17, 2021

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Kepa Arrizabalaga and Antonio Rudiger clashed during Chelsea training (Picture: Getty)

Marcos Alonso has downplayed the significance of a training ground bust-up between Chelsea team-mates Antonio Rudiger and Kepa Arrizabalaga and insists it shows the ‘hunger’ of the team.

Germany defender Rudiger was dismissed from training early on Sunday after an altercation with Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa.

The incident occurred 24 hours after Thomas Tuchel’s unbeaten start as Chelsea manager was ended by Premier League strugglers West Brom.

Far from being concerned by the clash, though, Blues defender Alonso welcomed the display of passion and insisted training ground bust-ups were ‘nothing new’.

‘These are things that happen,’ Alonso told beinSPORT. ‘It shows there is a level of competition in the team, the hunger.

‘We saw it on the training [ground] and it’s good for the team. Even before training finished, it was all good.

‘It’s nothing new. It’s always happened. It will still happen. The thing we need to take is the positives and move on and get ready for the next game.’

Marcos Alonso downplayed the significance of the bust-up (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea were blown away by Sam Allardyce’s West Brom at the weekend and will be desperate to produce a better performance on Wednesday when they face Porto in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash.

Following the West Brom defeat, Blues star Christian Pulisic said: ‘It’s a big test of our mentality now. We’ve got some really big games coming up.

‘We’ve been in good form prior to the international break and obviously we’ve come back and lost one game. We can’t dwell on that because we have a lot to play for in both the Premier League and the Champions League.

‘We have to recharge now, refocus and regroup and come back strong and ready for the next game.’

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