Thomas Tuchel and Marcelo Bielsa speak out after Chelsea beat Leeds

Antonio Rudiger and Junior Firpo clash after Chelsea’s belated win over Leeds (Reuters)

Thomas Tuchel and Marcelo Bielsa played down the seriousness of the mess between Chelsea and Leeds United players at Stamford Bridge.

Of course, Leeds appeared to secure a late point as Joe Gelhardt scored with seven minutes remaining to make it 2-2.

But Jorginho hit the second penalty of the game in injury time to win 3-2 for Chelsea, who remain third in the Premier League behind both Liverpool and City of Manchester also won on Saturday.

After the match, both groups of players engaged in a major confrontation, with Antonio Rudiger facing Junior Firpo and Diego Llorente.

‘I don’t see the details of what’s going on. I can understand the frustration because we’ve all been in situations like this where you think you have a point or equalized and then it slips away even then you get angry. and frustrated,’ Tuchel said when asked about the incident.

‘We all know this because it’s a team of athletes and a team of people who sacrifice to win and hate to lose like we do and it gets hot.

Antonio Rudiger also clashed with Leeds United’s Diego Llorente (AP)

‘I hope nothing bad happens. If you have Toni, you have Toni. You can’t let Toni be the emotional and aggressive leader on the pitch and then suddenly drop out if some teammates defend or get involved in an argument.

‘It’s 100% Toni and hopefully the way I look at it there’s no harm done and in a frame that you can accept. I hope so because I haven’t watched it in such an intense match. ‘

Bielsa also played down the pitch in the clash between the two players.

“In a game with high emotions, you have passions unleashed,” said the Leeds manager.

‘We don’t expect these things to happen. It is within the limits of what is tolerable. We’ll all hope that doesn’t happen. We play within serious limits. ‘

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