Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino has rejected recommendations a vital tweet from Thiago Silva’s spouse contributed to the Brazilian dropping to the bench in a prickly interview earlier than Wednesday’s FA Cup replay towards Aston Villa.
The west Londoners journey to Villa Park seeking to bounce again from consecutive defeats to Liverpool and Wolves within the Premier League, delivery eight objectives throughout the 2 video games.
There have been boos at Stamford Bridge after the 4-2 loss to Wolves and eyebrows had been raised when Thiago Silva’s spouse, Belle, appeared to name for Pochettino to be sacked on social media, writing: ‘It’s time to vary. In the event you wait any longer it is going to be too late.’
Belle has since apologised for inflicting ‘such an impression’ along with her put up, suggesting it was written within the warmth of the second, whereas Pochettino revealed that the veteran centre-back had sought him out for clear-the-air talks.
However the 39-year-old, who has been one in every of few constant performers for the Blues this season, was not picked to start out towards Villa within the FA Cup fourth-round replay, with Benoit Badiashile and Axel Disasi most well-liked.
Talking shortly earlier than kick-off, Pochettino was adamant the choice had nothing to do with Belle’s tweet and appeared to take umbrage with the notion that he would permit his plans for a match to be dictated by one thing comparatively trivial.
Requested particularly about Thiago Silva’s absence from the beginning XI, Pochettino paused and replied: ‘Erm, why the query?
‘As a result of one other participant additionally [can play]. I’m skilled. I’m a coach skilled. At all times I decide my gamers due to efficiency and steadiness.
‘I feel I perceive the query, however I wish to be calm as a result of I should be skilled and I’m all the time skilled and I’m going to take the choice due to the skilled facet.’
Probed once more on whether or not that was the one motive Thiago Silva was benched, a pissed off Pochettino replied: ‘My reply was clear, no?’
Talking in regards to the furore that has been created off the again of the put up, Pochettino mentioned at Tuesday’s pre-match press convention: ‘He [Thiago Silva] got here right now to speak to me.
‘I’m not going to speak about what we had been speaking however a very powerful factor is that he got here and talked to me.’
Requested in regards to the present state of his relationship with the previous Paris Saint-Germain centre-back, Pochettino added: ‘It’s good. It’s excellent. I feel so. From the start, you possibly can see my press conferences and the way I discuss him.’
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