Chelsea boss Tuchel fears crowd trouble could ruin atmospheres after Rudiger targeted with missiles on weekend of issues

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Chelsea boss Tuchel fears crowd trouble could ruin atmospheres after Rudiger targeted with missiles on weekend of issues

Thomas Tuchel fears that the growing crowd trouble could ruin the special atmosphere at English Ground.

Chelsea boss talks Antonio Rudiger after being hit by a bottle opener and throwing a lighter from a section of Stamford Bridge housing Tottenham fans.

Antonio Rudiger was hit by a bottle opener and a lighter

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Antonio Rudiger was hit by a bottle opener and a lighter
Thomas Tuchel insists he doesn't want fans behind fences

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Thomas Tuchel insists he doesn’t want fans behind fencescredit: getty

Blues defender Rudiger informed referee Paul Tierney, but is not taking the matter any further.

The incident comes at the end of a weekend in which chaos has resurfaced on the Premier League ground.

Everton fans threw objects in their loss to Aston Villa on Saturday and there were pitch attacks in Southampton during the draw with Manchester City that evening.

Tuchel said: “If this is a new trend we must work together to stop it as soon as possible to protect the environment of this sport and the absolutely unique environment in England.

“I like to keep the fans close to the pitch.

“Neither behind the fence nor behind the net. There is a wonderful atmosphere.

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“In general, I am not worried. I enjoy the atmosphere, even in distant stadiums, it is fantastic. ”

Rudiger was hit by missiles in the second half when Chelsea defended the shed end of the bridge, which had around 3,000 supporters.

Spurs boss Antonio Conte said he was not aware that anything was being thrown.

But the club has vowed to investigate and weed out any perpetrators.

A Spurs spokesman said: “We will work with Chelsea to review the footage and take appropriate action.”

Germany centre-half Rudiger has a history with Tottenham supporters after he filed a racist abuse complaint against him in 2019.

On Sunday he played a key role in Chelsea’s victory in their 19th match since the last international break in November – more than any other top-flight team.

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