Pochettino explains why he benched Thiago Silva for Villa win

Pochettino explains why he benched Thiago Silva for Villa win

Mauricio dropped Thiago Silva from his starting XI for Chelsea’s FA Cup fourth-round replay with Aston Villa on Wednesday night.

For some, the decision was however not a surprise, following the defender’s wife’s comments in the aftermath of Chelsea’s 4-2 loss to Wolves on Sunday.

Silva’s wife, Belle, seemed to call for the immediate sacking of Pochettino after the game, which reports say was not well-received by the Chelsea hierarchy.

Poch, during his pre-match press conference on Tuesday, however, insisted that he wasn’t angered by the comments, and that his relationship with Silva was as a matter of fact still very good. But eyebrows were raised when the team sheet for the Villa game was released, and the Brazilian wasn’t in the starting line-up, although Poch later said his player selection was purely based on balance and form.

“I always pick my players based on performance and balance. That’s it,” said the 51-year-old, who was then asked whether the decision had anything to do with the post from Silva’s wife, to which he replied: “My answer was clear, no?”

Silva was later introduced as a second-half substitute, as Chelsea stomped to a 3-1 win over Unai Emery’s side, and booked a slot in the fifth round of the tournament.

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