Oscar was probably the last player Chelsea fans imagined would be involved in a training ground bust-up with Diego Costa - but that’s precisely what happened on Thursday afternoon.
The Brazilian playmaker tried to play down the incident by describing reports of a fight as a “lie” on Twitter; however, Guus Hiddink confirmed the two teammates were involved in an altercation and that it was swiftly resolved.
The Dutch interim manager also revealed that Oscar apologised in front of the Chelsea players for his “overacting” and said this helped to diffuse the situation.
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Costa was angered after Oscar made a late tackle from behind during a training match involving the Chelsea squad.
The two players are understood to have squared up to each other before being separated by teammates.
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Hiddink sets the record straight
"It was a pity that our photographer had the day off because he could have shot two beautiful pictures of bulls who were chesting a little bit after a charge from behind from the smallest bull of the two, which was Oscar,” Hiddink was quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard.
"He took a charge from behind and it was overdone, especially when you know Oscar - he's not the biggest tackler of the team.
"He got Diego and of course they then stumbled over the ground, stood up as a normal reaction and chested a bit, without any serious threat of punching or whatever. It was more of a threat of two bulls.
"We came in between, but there was no need to say we had to grab them to avoid them hitting each other. In the intensity of the training session, when it's close on the edge, these things happen.
"After that Oscar apologised in front of the group. He wanted to speak, take the podium. He apologised for his overacting and then they started laughing. Jokes were made afterwards.
"It's a battle that happens when you play with high intensity, it's solved. No disciplinary action. When you control it a few minutes later, it's no problem for me."
Oscar and Costa all smiles on Friday
To further emphasise that everything was cool between Oscar and Costa, Chelsea posted a photo of the two Brazilians - Costa was born and raised in the South American country but represents Spain at international level - smiling together out on the training ground on Instagram on Friday morning.
Chelsea must stick together - top-four finish is possible
After such a turbulent first half of the season - culminating in Jose Mourinho’s sacking last month - it’s imperative that the reigning Premier League champions stick together.
A top-four finish remains an outside possibility - the Blues are 13 points off fourth-placed Tottenham - and it wouldn’t be at all surprising if they went on a run of good form following last weekend’s impressive 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
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