What Thiago Silva told his fellow teammates and Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino

We can't be blaming managers for Chelsea woes - Thiago Silva open up

Chelsea news as Thiago Silva has replied to a comment suggesting he should be dropped which could serve as a tactical message to Mauricio Pochettino

Thiago Silva of Chelsea on the ball during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge on September 2, 2023 in London, England.
Thiago Silva has responded to Chelsea fan backlash after the defeat to Nottingham Forest

Thiago Silva has responded to a suggestion from one Chelsea fan he should be dropped following the shocking defeat to Nottingham Forest. The Brazil international has started every Premier League game under Mauricio Pochettino with new signing Axel Disasi and Levi Colwill joining him in defence.

Following last Friday’s victory over Luton Town at Stamford Bridge, the perfect building blocks had been laid down for the Blues to get another victory at home in their favourable fixture run-in. However, Forest put in a resolute defensive performance with a clinical finish from Anthony Elanga sealing all three points for the visitors.

The surprising defeat sparked further frustration at the use of Ben Chilwell, with the England international so high up the pitch he is practically playing as a winger. Injuries have also hampered the balance of the team with Christopher Nkunku, Reece James and Carney Chukwuemeka all absent.

Even though just four games of the season have been played, boos rang around Stamford Bridge at the end of the game with Pochettino explaining in his post-match press conference that time will be needed before the team fully gel together.

“That is a process that you need to think a little bit about to give time,” he said. “I think today we created chances, we dominated the game but we were not clinical enough in the last third. We should score, if you want to win and we made one mistake and concede. Not frustrated but disappointed because in this process you need luck. I don’t want to take credit from Nottingham Forest. We were not clinical in both areas.

That mistake arrived in midfield with Conor Gallagher and Moises Caicedo attempting to play quick passes before it was intercepted by Taiwo Awoniyi who played a pass through the legs of Silva for Elanga to finish.

Silva’s role in the goal conceded did spark an online debate over his place in the team with one fan calling for him to be dropped, something that Silva promptly responded to.

In reply to the post on Instagram, Silva said: “If you look closely at the game, we are playing with a line of 4 my friend! But there’s no problem in assuming that I’m also responsible for the defeat. put the pressure on me, *thumbs up emoji*, no problem yesterday!”

The first part of Silva’s reply could be a message to Pochettino it may be time for some tactical tweaks to be made which sees Chilwell return to left-back and a traditional back four deployed. The Blues enjoyed significant pre-season success when playing a 4-2-3-1 and although injuries have affected plans, it could be a set up that Pochettino turns back to very soon.

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