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Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has claimed that clashes between himself and Antonio Rudiger did not play a direct role in Frank Lampard’s sacking.
On Monday, the club announced the sacking of Lampard and on the next he was replaced by Thomas Tuchel.
The Telegraph and The Athletic reported that Azpilicueta and centre-back Rudiger took issue with each other.
During his interview to The Telegraph, Blues skipper said:
“With Toni, we didn’t have an issue and we have been working together for a few years.
“That news from outside, we’re not sure so that’s why Tammy and myself we both tweeted. Everything is fine and I can say that didn’t happen. We didn’t have any issues and we don’t have. We always work together.
“As other players, we have sometimes our discussions, normal in football. When results are not going well, everybody has more tension around but nothing further than this.
“Normal footballers like normal workers in their offices or with other jobs with pressure who have to deliver and nothing further than this. There is not an issue, we are so committed.”
In Tuchel’s first game as head coach, Chelsea picked up a goalless draw with Wolves. Their upcoming game is on Sunday against Burnley.
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