There has been a lot of talk this week about a reported confrontation between Jamaal Lascelles and Matt Ritchie in training before the Chelsea game.
The Daily Mail reported that the two players had a bust-up while the Chronicle downplayed the seriousness of the clash. Both newspapers, however, agree that the pair have since put their differences aside.
In a pointed attempt to demonstrate the strength of the team spirit inside the dressing room, Rafa Benitez shared a video of the pair laughing and joking on exercise bikes during a training session:
Rafa’s message about “team spirit” is likely in reference to the reports about the two Newcastle players. I am inclined to believe that this incident was blown out of all proportion.
Clashes on the training pitch do happen, as we saw with Lascelles last season when he confronted Mo Diame. The important thing is that there are no lasting issues and that everyone moves forward singing from the same hymn sheet.