Marcos Alonso has had his say about the training ground incident between Chelsea teammates Kepa Arrizabalaga and Antonio Rudiger following Saturday’s shock defeat to West Brom.

As initially reported by The Telegraph, Rudiger was sent in early from training after being involved in a bust-up with Arrizabalaga.

A following report from The Athletic added that there was already a tension between the two from the sidelines during the game.

Interestingly, Alonso pretty much confirmed the incident as he spoke about it in a recent interview.

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“It happens. It shows the level of competition in the team — the hunger we saw at the training ground,” the defender told beIN Sports.

“That’s good for the team, of course.

“Even before training finished, it [had already been resolved].

“Nothing new. That always happens. It will still happen and the team needs to take the positives, move on, and get ready for the next game.”

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While as Alonso said, it might have been because the players were upset about the loss, it is a very strange way to show competitiveness or “hunger, as he described it.

The Telegraph’s report also mentioned a strong exchange of views between Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James in the dressing room immediately after the game.

However, unlike Azpilicueta and James who featured in the game, Rudiger and Arrizabalaga did not.

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