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Azpilicueta responds to Rudiger clash rumours after Lampard sack

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has responded to claims that he and Antonio Rudiger clashed in training.

It comes as reports streamed out over the manner of Frank Lampard’s dismissal on Monday.

The Blues legend was axed by Roman Abramovich after a run of two wins in eight Premier League matches.

Thomas Tuchel was placed in charge the following day where he took a late evening session in training before overseeing his first match as Chelsea boss, which ended 0-0 against Wolves.

But behind the scenes, trouble was supposedly running rampant with senior players Rudiger and Azpilicueta reportedly clashing in training.

However, the Spaniard has dismissed the legitimacy of the incident in light of Tammy Abraham’s tweet, who denounced the reports.

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has denied the reports that he and Antonio Rudiger clashed in training

“With Toni, we didn’t have an issue and we have been working together for a few years,” said the Blues captain.

“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.”

Azpilicueta has insisted everyone is working together

Chelsea face Burnley next on Sunday, who are garnering a reputation as party poopers this season against the big boys.

Most recently, they claimed a famous win over Liverpool after a late Ashley Barnes penalty but they have also beaten Arsenal this season.

Tuchel is looking to kickstart Chelsea’s season with a win and can find comfort in the fact they won 3-0 in the corresponding fixture with goals from Kurt Zouma, Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.

The latter has not scored in the Premier League since November and will be the new manager’s most pressing issue at Stamford Bridge.

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