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Silva urges Chelsea owners to devise a plan and ward off team’s downfall


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Chelsea and Brazil defense magnate Thiago Silva has urged the London club to develop a “strategy” to prevent a decline in next season’s results after being knocked out of the Champions League quarter-finals by Real Madrid.

And the last hope of the London team to salvage the disastrous season yesterday, Tuesday, faded away, losing to their guest Real Madrid 0-2 in the second leg of the quarter-finals of the prestigious continental tournament after losing the same result of the first leg last Wednesday in the Spanish capital .

Silva acknowledged that it had been a tough season for the club and said there were always disgruntled players in Chelsea’s all-star team.

Chelsea have spent more than £500m ($620m) on the transfer market since they were bought by a consortium led by American Todd Bohle from Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich last year.

Four managers have overseen Chelsea’s training this season, the most recent being Frank Lampard on an interim basis following the sacking of Germans Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter, and Bruno Saltor having played him once before appointing his former midfielder Lampard.

Lampard has lost the four matches he has led Chelsea since his appointment, with his side only scoring once.

Chelsea are 11th in the league, 17 points behind fourth, with seven games remaining and unlikely to qualify for European competition.

Silva said after losing to Real Madrid that it was important to assess what went wrong and not blame.

“It’s not enough to look at the coach and say it’s this person’s fault, it’s that person’s fault … if we don’t do our part.”

“We have to stop and strategize so that we don’t repeat the same mistakes next year.”

And Silva, 38, added that the club had to increase the size of the dressing room to accommodate their huge squad, as eight new players were signed in January alone.

“I think this is a difficult time for the club with the change of ownership, the arrival of so many players – they even had to increase the size of the dressing room because there was not enough space for all the players,” he explained. .

He concluded: “The positive is that there are great players on the team, and the negative is that someone will get upset because not everyone can play, and the coach has to choose 11 players, and there are 30 of them.”

Source: AFP.

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