- Chelsea is going through a lot this season and the results are just not coming for the Blues
- The Blues have sacked managers twice this season and things are yet to get better
- Veteran defender Thiago Silva has come out to warn the club things could get worse unless a strategy is put into place
Thiago Silva has cautioned Chelsea that things could get worse before they get better unless the club “stops and puts a strategy in place.”
Chelsea lost 2-0 to Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, exiting the Champions League quarter-finals 4-0 on aggregate.
The Blues also finished second in both domestic cup tournaments and are currently 11th in the Premier League, after investing over £600 million in new players in the last year.
This has coincided with the Todd Boehly-led group succeeding Roman Abramovich, with the new backers having little to show for their investment so far.
The owners have already sacked Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter, with Frank Lampard brought back as caretaker manager, but Silva hopes lessons will be learned.
“I think the first step has been made, an incorrect step, but it has been made,” he told TNT Sports following Chelsea’s European exit.
“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.”
Chelsea have made 17 loan and permanent signings in the last two transfer windows, leaving a handful of players without meaningful activity.
“There is always going to be someone upset because not everyone can play,” Silva said. “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.”
Chelsea has gone winless in seven games, losing five of them, including all four since Lampard was appointed as Potter’s temporary replacement.
Silva, who is nearing the end of his third season at Chelsea, acknowledges that it is up to him and his teammates to step up.
“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.”
Chelsea has seven Premier League games left, beginning next Wednesday with a trip to London rivals Brentford.