- Antonio Rudiger and Kepa were said to have had an altercation during a training session
- The bust-up quickly escalated to a push and pull match, forcing teammates to intervene
- Tuchel later dismissed Rudiger from the grounds after attempts to calm him down proved futile
Chelsea star Marcos Alonso has downplayed the impact of Antonio Rudiger's training ground row with Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Kepa and Rudiger were said to have clashed only a day after the Blues' 5-2 humiliating defeat in the hands of West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge.
The loss was Chelsea's first since Thomas Tuchel took over as manager at the club late January after the dismissal of Frank Lampard.
It was gathered that the altercation between the pair saw club boss Tuchel dismiss Rudiger from the grounds after the Sunday, April 4, incident.
It is understood that temperatures flared after Kepa took an exception to Rudiger's late challenge during a small-sided match in training.
The episode quickly escalated, resulting in a push and pull which later birthed an ugly bust-up between the duo.
Whereas the incident threaten the general harmony within the squad, Alonso has dismissed its possible negative implication.
The Blues defender bizarrely welcomed the display, insisting it is good for the team and actually shows the "hunger" from each squad member.
"These are things that happen. It shows there is a level of competition in the team, the hunger," Alonso told beIN SPORTS.
"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," he added.
The unity and mentality of the Chelsea dressing room will be put to test when they play FC Porto in their first leg of their Champions League quarter-final fixture.
The tie has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 7, and the west Londoners will be desperate to pick a favourable result for a chance to reach the European competition's semis.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Manchester United icon Rio Ferdinand believes Louis van Gaal was wrong to have sold some players during his reign at Old Trafford.
The Dutchman spent just two years in charge of the Red Devils - winning the FA Cup title before being shown the exit doors.
Just like any other manager, the 69-year-old signed some players which also led to a few others leaving the club including Danny Welbeck, who joined Arsenal for £18 million.