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Chelsea players must set ego aside or ´situation will hardly change´, Silva warns

SoccerNews in English Premier League 19 May 2024

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The departing Thiago Silva warned Chelsea’s players to set their egos aside, or their “situation will hardly change” next season.

Silva, who will return to hometown club Fluminense in the close season, is gearing up for his final appearance for the Blues after four years at Stamford Bridge, where they host Bournemouth on the final day of the 2023-24 campaign.

A draw would be enough for sixth-place Chelsea to secure a return to European football next season, while they could still overtake Tottenham in fifth with a win and Spurs losing to bottom side Sheffield United.

But despite a positive end to the campaign, during which they have won four successive games and lost just one of their last 14, Mauricio Pochettino’s side are a whopping 28 points adrift of leaders Manchester City.

Silva believes the club deserves better, having spent over £400 million on no fewer than 13 players over the past year, and has urged the squad to prioritise teamwork over their personal ambitions next term.

“I hope [the players] understand that everything they did to get to Chelsea has to be worth it,” he told Sky Sports. “Because the season we’re having is not worthy of Chelsea. I think they need to do more next year.

“These boys need to be aware that Chelsea has to fight for [for trophies] in the top positions. If we take a little of our ego and put it in favour of the team, I think it will work. If we don’t do that, the situation will hardly change, unfortunately.”

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