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Chelsea have moved to play down suggestions of an alleged bust-up between coach Henk ten Cate and captain John Terry the day before Sunday’s Carling Cup final defeat by Tottenham.

The pair were reported to have been pulled apart by other players after a training ground row.

A Chelsea spokesperson dismissed the row suggestions and said: “All our focus is on our next game.”

One source, quoted by several newspapers, claims to have witnessed the bust-up.

“The session was supposed to put the finishing touches to the final plans for Wembley – but it just descended into a massive row,” he alleged

“There was a lot of unrest among the squad because no-one knew what the team was going to be for Wembley.

“Everyone was trying to guess what was going on and in the end the frustration became too much. But the intensity of the row took everyone by surprise.

“John and Ten Cate were right in each other’s faces and when it became clear that neither was going to back down, other players jumped between them to pull them apart.

“To make matters worse, Mr Abramovich was visiting the training ground and saw the whole thing.”

Terry insisted on Monday that the preparations for the final had not been affected by the doubts over team selection.

He said: “The manager keeps it all very close to his chest and none of us knew until Sunday and that is how it has been in every game.

“So there was no change or excuse. That is the way it has got to be, it keeps everyone on their toes and as a group of players we have to deal with it.’