Chelsea star Thiago Silva lays blame firmly at Todd Boehly’s feet
Chelsea defender Thiago Silva has taken aim at the strategy of owner Todd Boehly after the club suffered four consecutive defeats for the first time since 1993. The Blues crashed out of the Champions League on Tuesday night, with a humbling 4-0 aggregate loss to holders Real Madrid, and Silva seemed to suggest Boehly’s transfer policy was part of the reason why.
The west London outfit currently languish 11th in the Premier League table and sit 17 points off the Champions League spots, with only seven games left to play. Chelsea now face a season outside of Europe’s premier competition next year and therefore have pretty little to play for in the weeks to come.
Lampard, who is Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer, was brought in by Boehly earlier this month as caretaker boss in a bid to keep fans happy following the sacking of Graham Potter. His appointment comes after a £600million ($743m) spending spree across last summer and January, with the American billionaire standing accused of trying to buy success.
Boehly has already axed managers Thomas Tuchel and Potter, appointing Lampard until the end of the campaign. And the situation at the club has been ridiculed by Silva, widely regarded as one of the greatest defenders ever, who called out Boehly’s decision-making.
Speaking to TNT Sports Brazil, he said: “I think the first step has been made, an incorrect step, but it has been made. We can’t be blaming the managers if we don’t take responsibility. It’s a hard period for the club, with a lot of indecision.
“Change of ownership, new players arriving – we had to increase the size of the changing room because it didn’t fit the size of the squad. A positive point is that there are amazing players in the squad but on the other hand there are always players that are going to be unhappy.
“There is always going to be someone upset because not everyone can play. The manager can only pick 11 from a squad of 30-something – that’s tough.
“Some can’t make the squad, we signed eight in January, we need to stop and put a strategy in place otherwise next season we could make the same mistakes.”
Silva was also quick to stress a new manager may not have the required impact, as he affirmed: “Everybody talks too much about replacing managers. I think we, as players, must also take responsibility.”
He added: “We have had three managers this season, plus a fourth with Bruno where we failed to win. We have lost today and with Lampard, we have failed to win. Everybody is talking about the manager but we must look at what has been done wrong and try to change.”
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