There are reports Antonio Rudiger was involved in a heated bust-up with Kepa Arrizabalaga during Chelsea’s training session on Sunday.
Both players were left on the bench in Chelsea’s 5-2 defeat at home to West Brom on Saturday but took part in Sunday’s training session at Cobham.
According to The Telegraph, via the Metro, Kepa took exception to Rudiger’s late challenge during a small-sided game, and the incident resulting in a ‘pushing match’ and a ‘heated argument’ between the two players.
The report claims that Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel ‘reacted immediately’ to the conflict and decided to send Rudiger back to the changing rooms early as the Germany international was not calm enough to complete the session.
It’s claimed that after the bust-up, Rudiger apologised to Kepa unprompted and Tuchel is now ‘happy’ that the matter has been resolved.
The Telegraph also reports that there was a second row between two Chelsea players after the defeat to West Brom as Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James were involved in a ‘frank exchange of views’ in the dressing room at Stamford Bridge.
Both Chelsea players are said to have later spoken after the incident and there was no ill-feeling between the pair during Sunday’s training session.
Napoli made life far more difficult than it needed to be in their dramatic 4-3 win over relegation-threatened Crotone.
Tiemoue Bakayoko turned wide from a very promising position, but the pressure finally paid off when Giovanni Di Lorenzo burst down the right and pulled back for Lorenzo Insigne’s deflected strike.
Napoli doubled their lead almost immediately, Fabian Ruiz floating a ball over the top for Insigne’s spectacular volleyed assist back across the face of goal, finding Victor Osimhen for the tap-in.
However, the Partenopei shot themselves in the foot with some comical defending to give it away inside their own penalty area, Ahmad Benali’s cross allowing Nwankwo Simy to score undisturbed at the far post.
Mertens restored the two-goal cushion with a magnificent free kick from the edge of the box into the near top corner.
Adam Ounas wanted to prove a point against his former club with a solo run, but Alex Meret made the decisive save.
It should really have been 4-1 before half-time, as Alex Cordaz made a remarkable save on Osimhen, but Mertens only hit the woodwork on the follow-up.
Crotone got back into it again after the restart, as a corner was not cleared effectively and Simy got in front of Kostas Manolas to turn in from 10 yards.
Napoli have been very vulnerable when playing out from the back and it happened again for 3-3, as Junior Messias caught Nikola Maksimovic in possession.
Di Lorenzo had already provided an assist, but he added a goal with his solo effort, cutting inside from the right for a left-foot daisy-cutter into the far bottom corner.
Napoli kept pushing to the end, with Insigne, Mertens and Hirving Lozano off target, but held on for the 4-3 win.