Chelsea boss reveals nature of Costa-Oscar brawl

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink has played down a training ground bust-up between Diego Costa and Oscar this week.

The pair were photographed coming to blows after a couple of heavy tackles in training, leading to speculation of a feud between the pair and a segregation in the Blues dressing room.

However, Hiddink has stated that the pair were quick to apologise and the incident was laughed off.

The Dutch boss said there was nothing to worry about and it was typical of competitive players that wanted to do their best for the team.

“They were jesting a bit after a charge from behind from the smaller of the two, Oscar. Costa took a charge from behind and it was overdone, especially when you know Oscar is not the biggest tackler of the team,” BBC Sport quote Hiddink as saying.

“They stumbled over the ground, stood up, as a normal reaction, they jested a bit, but we came in between them to say that there was no need to hit each other.

“Those things happen when you’re close on the edge. Oscar apologised for over-reacting, then they looked at each other and started laughing. It was a normal battle.”

Chelsea have struggled this season and have not shown the same level of performances that saw them crowned as English champions in 2014-15.

Jose Mourinho has been sacked but the team’s fortunes have looked up since Hiddink’s arrival.

A 3-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park last weekend, where both Oscar and Costa scored, was a sign that the West London club are getting back to their best.