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Pochettino Receives Warning as Chelsea Star’s Future Questioned Following Man Utd Defeat

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Pochettino Receives Warning as Chelsea Star’s Future Questioned Following Man Utd Defeat

After losing 2-1 to Manchester United in the Premier League on Wednesday, Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino is facing criticism, particularly regarding star player Thiago Silva’s perceived decline. The Chelsea defense struggled at Old Trafford, conceding 28 shots as United secured a 2-1 victory. 

Despite Silva playing the full game, it marked Chelsea’s sixth defeat of the season, drawing criticism from former Liverpool player Steve Nicol, who expressed concerns about Silva’s agility and decision-making due to slow foot movement.

Thiago Silva, who joined Chelsea on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain in 2020, has been a reliable presence, accumulating 132 appearances in the last three-and-a-half years.

 However, questions arise about the 39-year-old’s ability to remain at the top level of the game. With Silva’s contract set to expire at the end of the season, Chelsea has reportedly not yet decided whether to offer him a new deal.

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Despite criticism, Silva is expected to maintain his starting position when Chelsea faces Everton on Sunday.

 As the team approaches festive fixtures against Sheffield United, Wolves, Crystal Palace, and Luton before the end of the year, Silva will aim to motivate his teammates.

Indeed, the ESPN pundit feels he’s becoming a liability, and his performance in Chelsea’s 2-1 loss to Manchester United last time out highlighted that he’s not the player he once was.

“Thiago Silva has been magnificent as a player but now, the problem for me is he can’t move his feet quick enough,” Nicol said.

“I think his brain is still working, but when you can’t move your feet, it takes too long.

“When you’re playing against players like at Man United who just couldn’t wait to close the ball down, couldn’t wait to put you under pressure, then you end up getting caught with the ball and you give the ball away.”

As per Whoscored, Silva has only had one worse-rated performance in the Premier League than the United game all season.

That suggests he maybe just had an off day, as he’d largely been useful up until that point.

Pochettino Receives Warning as Chelsea Star’s Future Questioned Following Man Utd Defeat

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