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Thiago Silva takes brutal parting shot at Chelsea players

Published: Updated: 06:48, 20 May 2024
Silva says Chelsea players need to play their hearts out for fans

Thiago Silva, the veteran Brazilian defender, has issued a stark warning to his soon-to-be ex-Chelsea teammates. He stated that their performances this season would have led to fans throwing rocks at them if they were in Brazil. This brutal parting shot comes as Silva prepares to leave Chelsea at the end of the Premier League season.

Silva joined Chelsea from Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on a free transfer in 2020 when the team was competing for silverware and even won the Champions League in his first season. However, since then, he has witnessed a steep decline in performance and success.

This downturn coincided with Roman Abramovich's departure from the club. The new owners embarked on an aggressive recruitment drive, bringing in several high-profile players who have yet to deliver on their hefty price tags.

Thiago Silva maintains that this current season has not lived up to expectations and urged his fellow players to prioritize team success over individual glory.

Chelsea showcased potential in recent games

Despite enduring a challenging season, Chelsea experienced a late-season surge under Mauricio Pochettino's leadership. His ability to extract performances from his expensively-assembled squad saw them climb up the table. A win on their final day could see them finish fifth in the Premier League table - an impressive feat considering their earlier struggles.

However, next year will present new challenges as they will be without their defensive linchpin - Thiago Silva.

Chelsea defender, Thiago Silva, said:

"Thiago knows what it means to wear a Chelsea shirt, you know. And if I have a message to send to the boys that are here today, I hope they understand that everything they did to get to Chelsea has to be worth it. Because the season we're having is not worthy of Chelsea. It's not.

"And I think they have to do more next year, they need to do more. If you look at the games, the fans never left the team, never. We were in ninth place, eighth, right? And the fans were always there. They booed us off a little at the end of the match, but they're always there in the stands, always with 40,000, 45,000.

"If we were somewhere else, they could throw rocks at us - we know that happens in our country. So these boys need to be aware that Chelsea has to fight for the top positions. If we take a little of our ego and put it in favour of the team, I think it will work. If we don't do that, the situation will hardly change unfortunately."

The Impact of Thiago Silva at Stamford Bridge

Despite being 39 years old, Silva has been instrumental at the heart of defence for Chelsea throughout this turbulent period. Pochettino often chose him for various partnerships within his backline due to his influence and experience - highlighting just how integral he is within the squad setup.

The Argentine manager admits that Silva's departure will leave a significant void in the team's defensive structure. His influence, both on and off the pitch, will be sorely missed.

Thiago Silva's departure from Chelsea marks the end of an era for the club. His parting words serve as a stark reminder to his teammates about their responsibilities and expectations as professional footballers. As Chelsea prepares for life without Silva, it remains to be seen how they will respond to this brutal reality check.

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