Chelsea coach Henk ten Cate has ultimately come out of the bag and has admitted the fall-out between him and club captain John Terry on the eve of Sunday’s Carling Cup final clash with London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
The news of the heated debate between the duo broke out immediate to the Cup final and it is only now that the club is accepting the press reports. However Ten Cate has denied that the bust-up occurred at teh club’s training ground. The Israeli says:
We just had a discussion about the intensity of the training session. That’s a normal part of the game. There have been a few F-words, no doubt. But that’s common in England. We are both emotional – but we respect each other fully. There was a special tension on Saturday. John wanted to have even more intensity in training but I didn’t agree as we were just one day before the match. That was all. Me and John get on well. John won’t disagree.
The bust-up wasn’t personal of course and surrounded team selection and tactics but the scene was certainly a long time coming. The Chelsea players might have embraced new coach Avram Grant but they are still reluctant to follow his assistant Henk ten Cant and the speculation that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich shall sack the duo at the end of the season is already rife.