There were reportedly multiple clashes in the Chelsea dressing room during Frank Lampard’s reign as manager, as tensions grew before his sacking.
The Blues manager was left with a bloated squad as the club struggled to offload several experienced stars who were not part of Lampard’s plans.
Antonio Rudiger, who has recently reclaimed his place in the starting XI, was relegated to fifth-choice centre-back earlier in the season and Lampard was open to letting him leave.
However, he stayed beyond the summer transfer window and ended up clashing with club captain Cesar Azpilicueta on more than one occasion at their Cobham training base, according to The Telegraph.
Azpilicueta was attempting to ease tensions between players at the club after divides appeared in the squad.
Some of the younger players complained about treatment they received from unhappy Chelsea team-mates and there were accusations of preferential treatment fired around the squad.
Rudiger was not alone in not being able to forge an exit in the summer, with Marcos Alonso and Jorginho both forced to stay put at Stamford Bridge despite not being part of Lampard’s first-team plans.
The Germany international is expected to be a big part of Tuchel’s thinking.
Tuchel wanted to sign him for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer and it’s been reported that he held talks with the centre-back in recent weeks to discuss his future.
Chelsea won’t sanction any further departures at centre-back after Fikayo Tomori joined AC Milan on loan, and Rudiger is set to fight with Thiago Silva – who worked with Tuchel at PSG – Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma for a starting berth.
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