Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel insisted that he had no issues with Unai Emery after his side’s UEFA Super Cup victory but instead his anger was directed at a member of Villarreal’s coaching staff.
Cameras caught the two managers in the middle of what looked to be a fairly heated argument as they headed down the tunnel in Belfast after Antonio Rudiger was shown a yellow card for a strong challenge on Yeremi Pino.
Tuchel was disappointed with the decision to card his player for such a tackle and soon joined Rudiger in the book after protesting to the referee, Sergey Karasev.
However, Tuchel quickly dispelled any suggestions of a long-term feud with Emery.
“With him [Emery], there is no problem,” he said, via the Mirror. “It was somebody on his staff that was a bit too loud.
“But yeah okay, it’s like this. We thought it was an English tackle, they saw it as a foul.”
Chelsea took the lead on the night through Hakim Ziyech in the first-half before the Moroccan was unfortunately substituted through injury a little later on.
Villarreal then equalised in the second period through a well taken goal by Gerard Moreno following a delightful passage of play, meaning the scores were level at the full-time whistle.
In extra-time, Tuchel made the bold decision to take off goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and bring on the out-of-favour Kepa Arrizabalaga. Chelsea’s second choice goalkeeper ended up being the hero on the night after making two penalty saves to help Chelsea to a 6-5 shootout win.
But while Tuchel is happy that they secured a trophy before the start of the season, he also recognises that it will be difficult for his side to recover after playing 120 minutes three days prior to their Premier League opener against Crystal Palace.
“Mentally it’s a good one. Physically it’s the worst thing that could happen,” he said.
“Victory and a trophy helps regenerate.”