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