The wife of Chelsea defender Thiago Silva, Belle Silva, has issued an apology following her remarks that seemed to criticize Blues manager Mauricio Pochettino and advocate for changes within the club.
Their loss in Sunday’s match against Wolves, resulting in a 4-2 scoreline, marked their 10th defeat in the Premier League, leaving them positioned at 11th place in the table.
At the end of the game, Belle posted on X: “It’s time to change. If you wait any longer it will be too late.”
Pochettino has said he had spoken to Silva since his wife’s comment.
“I’m sorry that my personal outburst as a passionate Chelsea fan has caused such an impact,” Belle wrote in a new post on X on Wednesday. “I’m passionate about the team, I thrive on victories and I’m saddened by defeats.
“We all want the same thing, a winning team, come on Chelsea.”
The defeat against Wolves followed a 4-1 loss at Liverpool just four days earlier, intensifying the pressure on Pochettino amidst only nine wins in the Premier League this season. However, despite the challenges, they have advanced to the EFL Cup final where they will once again face Liverpool.
Ahead of their FA Cup fourth-round replay against Aston Villa on Wednesday night, Pochettino, who assumed the role of Chelsea boss in July 2023, stated that he had received encouraging words from the club’s owners following Sunday’s match.
He also defended his relationship with Brazilian center-back Silva, 39, who has been with the club since his arrival on a free transfer in August 2020.
“He came to talk with me. The important thing is he came and wanted to talk with me,” Pochettino added.
“We are very strong in the way we want to operate. We talked and I don’t want to divulge, it was private. It [my relationship with Silva] is very good.”
Shortly before former Chelsea boss Graham Potter was sacked last year Belle Silva liked a tweet which called the Englishman a “deadbeat” manager who “doesn’t know what he is doing”.
Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton said her post on Sunday “does not the help situation”.
“It is absolutely ridiculous,” he said on Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club. “It is something the club and Pochettino doesn’t need.
“He has had a poor season. The team has had a poor season. It is not going to help the situation.”