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However, less than 24 hours after the supposed fisticuffs manager Guus Hiddink and one of the players involved have moved to paint a clearer picture of what happened on the training pitch as Chelsea prepared to face third-tier Scunthorpe at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in the FA Cup third round.
Speaking to the media at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground, Hiddink dished out the details on what exactly happened and explained that it was an intense training session.
“It’s a pity that our photographer had a day off or he could have shot beautiful pictures from the two,” Hiddink said. “They were jesting a bit after a charge from behind from the smaller of the two, Oscar. Costa took a charge from behind and it was overdone, especially when know Oscar he is not the biggest tackler of the team. They stumbled over the ground, stood up, as a normal reaction, they jested a bit, but we came in between them to say that there was no need to hit each other”
“Those things happen when you’re close on the edge after Oscar apologized in front of the group. He apologized for over reacting, then they looked at each other and started laughing. It was a normal battle”
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So, tensions are running high among Chelsea’s players but that’s the extent of it.
Oscar took to social media on Thursday evening to post the following message.
“For those who are talking to me about Diego Costa fight today in training is lying, he is one of my best friends and we would never fight.”
There’s clearly no lasting damage between a little spat on the training ground. As you were.