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Thomas Tuchel responds to Marcos Alonso bust-up after half-time substitution against Wolves.

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Chelsea's German head coach Thomas Tuchel (R) congratulates Chelsea's Spanish defender Marcos Alonso (C) and Chelsea's US midfielder Christian Pulisic after the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge in London on January 31, 2021. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Thomas Tuchel has refuted claims of a half-time bust-up with Marcos Alonso during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Wolves on Saturday.

Alonso was substituted at half-time of the match after a goalless 45 minutes, though fans picked up on a little spat between the left-back and what appeared to be Tuchel just moments before the break.

Thomas Tuchel responds to Marcos Alonso bust-up against Wolves.
Thomas Tuchel responds to Marcos Alonso bust-up against Wolves. (Image:Getty)

The Spaniard had sloppily conceded possession and initially made a half-hearted attempt to track back, which prompted yells from the dugout, and Alonso gesticulated angrily and argued back.

He did not return to the pitch for the second half and there were suggestions on social media he had had a similar disagreement with Tuchel in the dressing room at half-time as the one which saw him ostracised from the team under Frank Lampard after being hauled off against West Brom in 2020.

However, speaking to the press ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Leeds on Wednesday, Thomas Tuchel responds to Marcos Alonso bust-up against Wolves.

Asked if their exchange of words was nipped in the bud and will not have a lasting impact, Tuchel replied: ‘Yeah for sure. Absolutely yes. It started and ended in the first half and was not continued at half-time and nothing else.

‘It was not continued at half-time and things are solved. That happens.’

The Blues forfeited a two-goal lead late on at Stamford Bridge, conceding a 97th-minute equaliser to Conor Coady, and risk being overtaken in third place in the Premier League table by Arsenal – who are just one point behind – as their season threatens to fizzle out.

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