Tension at Stamford Bridge as Two Chelsea Stars Clash After Disappointing Draw Against Brighton

Tension at Stamford Bridge as Two Chelsea Stars Clash After Disappointing Draw Against Brighton

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:54 PM
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  • Chelsea faltered once again in their Premier League title push as they were held to a 1-1 draw by a spirited Brighton
  • Romelu Lukaku and Hakim Ziyech were involved in a heated discussion at halftime of Chelsea's draw at Brighton after the winger refused to celebrate his opening goal
  • Chelsea are now 12 points behind league leaders Manchester City despite having played a game more than the Citizens

It appears tempers are starting to flare up at Stamford Bridge as two Chelsea superstars were involved in a heated exchange as the Blues dropped further from their title chase after a disappointing draw against Brighton on Tuesday night.

Tension at Stamford Bridge as two Chelsea stars clash after disappointing draw against Brighton
Lukaku and Ziyech involved in a heated conversation after the Brighton game. Photo by Robin Jones
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Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku was pictured arguing with Moroccan winger Hakim Ziyech at the half time interval as it appeared the former Inter Milan striker was displeased with the lanky winger’s attitude after scoring the opening goal of the encounter.

According to the Daily Mail, Ziyech's angled strike had put Tuchel's men ahead - though the Moroccan winger didn't even celebrate the opener. And his moody attitude continued after speaking with Lukaku when Chelsea walked to the tunnel at the interval.

Ziyech had given Chelsea the lead at halftime with a superb 20-yard strike that got Blues fans dreaming again of their side coming back into the title race but all that hope was quickly extinguished in the second half when Brighton’s Adam Webster grabbed an equalizer for the Seagulls to earn a deserved draw.

Meanwhile according to a report via The Express, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has now played down the incident between both players as he says he had no problem with the disagreement between Romelu Lukaku and Hakim Ziyech.

"It's normal that they talk, it's normal that they're not happy and it's normal that they don't like it if we say that we want more from them. That is normal."

Chelsea are currently 3rd on the Premier League table having gathered 44 points from 23 games played so far but trail current leaders Manchester City by 12 points with Pep Guardiola’s side still having two games to spare.

Thomas Tuchel Gives Reason Behind Chelsea's Recent Slump in Form

Earlier Sportsbrief reported Thomas Tuchel said his Chelsea side looked “tired” in the frustrating 1-1 draw against Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday, January 18.

The Blues might have taken a point from the Amex Stadium, but their performance was in many ways underwhelming as they blew their first-half lead when Adam Webster scored a free header in the second period.

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