Thiago Silva has seen many things throughout his legendary two-decade-long career of a nearly quite ominous 668 professional appearances at club level, including that one time Germany beat Brazil 7-1 in a World Cup semifinal (which he had to endure from the stands because of a suspension), but not even he can fully understand just what’s going wrong at Chelsea at the moment.
“No, I don’t understand what’s wrong. If I understand before, I think I could have given some advice, but that’s how it is, it’s football, it’s the Premier League, one of the toughest championships around the world.”
Just as the team’s form has dropped, Silva’s personal record has faltered as well. Other than his Premier League debut, the 3-3 draw against West Brom, which was silly for all sorts of reasons, the 36-year-old had been synonymous with defensive solidity and clean sheets. Other than in the 3-3, Chelsea did not concede a single goal in his first seven appearances.
We have conceded six in his last two.
“You have to be careful, work harder, be stronger as a team, but I think the team is good, the second half was much better than the first in my opinion.
“We tried to play a little more, we managed to play. I think we were superior in possession of the ball in the second half, sometimes it does not work as we want, as we have prepared, but hey, that’s how it is football. We must prepare for the next match when it arrives.”
There’s certainly plenty of quality in the team, which is why the recent run of results has been so disappointing and frustrating. Let’s hope, for everyone’s sake, that we can figure out what’s going wrong soon. (And by we I mean Lampard & Co, not all of us armchair managers.)