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Why Chelsea fans are blaming Jorginho for Thiago Silva’s red card vs West Brom

Why Chelsea fans are blaming Jorginho for Thiago Silva’s red card vs West Brom

Chelsea vs West Brom

The Premier League has finally, after what seems like an age, returned to our screens on Saturday.

The first game back would see Chelsea play host to a relegation-battling West Brom as they looked to continue their superb form under Thomas Tuchel.

The Blues had, before Saturday, notched an impressive 14-game unbeaten streak in all competitions under the German, which helped them secure passage in the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since the 2013/14 season.

It also means that the Londoners were able to climb into the Premier League top-four.

However, the race for a CL spot is still very much on, meaning Chelsea could not afford to drop any points vs the Baggies.

Jorginho costs Silva?

Jorginho

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 05: Jorginho of Chelsea in action during the FA Community Shield match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 5, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Despite being a dominant force under Tuchel to date, it would be Chelsea who started Saturday on the backfoot.

West Brom managed the first shot on target in the opening three minutes, with Thiago Silva then chopping down an opponent to hand Sam Allardyce’s side a dangerous free-kick early on, though it would come to nothing.

The Blues continued to look sloppy on the ball, with their misplaced passes inviting pressure from the PL basement dwellers.

Despite not looking overly sharp early on, Chelsea took the lead at the Bridge just before the half-hour mark.

Marcos Alonso rattled a free-kick off the bar, with Christian Pulisic pouncing on the rebound.

Chelsea’s jubilation was extremely short-lived, though, as they would be down to 10 men just a minute later after Silva made another questionable tackle to earn a second yellow card.

To add to Chelsea’s woes, West Brom would draw level in first-half injury time after Sam Johnstone picked out Matheus Pereira who slotted past Edouard Mendy to net a huge goal for the away outfit.

The West Brom forward then somehow managed to add a second strike just minutes later, sending the Baggies in at the break with a huge 2-1 lead, which you have to say probably would not have come about if Silva was not sent off.

Chelsea fans, though, are seemingly not pinning too much of the blame on Silva.

Instead, they are highlighting that Jorginho gave away the ball on both occasions, which lead to Silva being forced to put in the tackles that got him his two yellow cards:

Chelsea would go on to lose the game 5-2, compounding the mistake of Jorginho and putting a large dent in the west London club’s top 4 hopes.

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This article was edited by Tom Canton.

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