'I have no problems with Terry', insists Ten Cate
Henk ten Cate admits he had a training ground argument with John Terry but insists he has 'no problems' with the England captain.
The Chelsea coach's disagreement with Terry happened the day before Chelsea's Carling Cup final defeat against Tottenham but he claims it has been 'blown out of all proportion'.
Chelsea yesterday played down suggestions of a bust-up between the pair who were reported to have been pulled apart by other players.
Ten Cate told Dutch newspaper AD: 'This is all blown out of proportion. I have no problems with John Terry and he has none with me.'
While he admits the pair did have a heated discussion, the assistant first-team coach is adamant it has been greatly exaggerated and is part of football.
He continued: 'We are both emotional guys, but we do respect each other fully.
'On Saturday the distance between me and him was nowhere less than five metres.
'So that we were with our heads against each other, as they wrote, is total nonsense.
'The discussion was about the sharpness of the training, as we have more often. That is part of top football.'
The Dutchman revealed the argument came about because of rising tension before the game with Terry wanting to train harder - something with which Ten Cate did not agree.
'At Chelsea we have a group of 27 players and three goalkeepers. Half of them were allowed to go to the final so you understand that things went sharp.
'John found that we should train even more fanatically, I didn't agree on that with my eyes on the final. We had an argument about that. That is all.'
Following Sunday's 2-1 defeat manager Avram Grant remained in England rather than travel to Israel for a coaching seminar as he seeks to upgrade his `A' Licence to a UEFA Pro Licence.
The Israeli had been due to attend the classes run by the Israel Coaches Association (ICA) who warned Grant he would not be given any special treatment if he wants to qualify for the licence which he needs to keep working in the Premier League.
ICA chairman Amnon Raz told The Times: 'Avram Grant rang me on Monday morning and said `I can't come because I have too many things to do at Chelsea.'
'I believe he will catch up on the lessons he has missed but all the coaches know they have come to 80% of the classes in the programme.
'If Avram Grant misses too many more he will be treated like everybody else who fails to turn up.
'He will be out of the programme and he will not get his Pro Licence.'