Chelsea were kicked out of the Champions League on Tuesday after a 2-0 home defeat against Real Madrid. The exit means Chelsea will be finishing the season without a trophy. Captain Thiago Silva was very disappointed about the exit of his club and the experienced Brazilian has warned his club things could get even worse if the club continues their curren strategy on the transfer market.
The Blues are currently 11th in the Premier League, despite spending over €600 million on new players this season. American investor Todd Boehly has taken over the club from Roman Abramovich this year and there has been many upsets since Boehly’s reign started. The owners have already sacked Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter, with Frank Lampard brought back as caretaker manager.
Silva hopes the Chelsea owner has learned from his mistakes and hopes for a better future. “I think the first step has been made, an incorrect step, but it has been made,” he told TNT Sports. “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.”
This season alone Chelsea has made 17 signings, which is a club record. “There is always going to be someone upset because not everyone can play,” Silva continued. “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, so we need to stop and put a strategy in place, otherwise next season we could make the same mistakes.”
At this point Chelsea has not won a match in seven games and have lost four matches since Lampard took over from underperforming Potter. “Everybody talks too much about replacing managers. I think we, as players, must also take responsibility,” he said. “We have had three managers this season, plus a fourth with Bruno [Saltor] 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.”