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Pochettino reveals crisis talks with Thiago Silva after wife demanded Chelsea sacking

Mauricio Pochettino, the manager of Chelsea, disclosed that he engaged in candid discussions with Thiago Silva in the aftermath of contentious remarks made by the Brazilian’s wife.

Belle, Silva’s spouse, voiced her opinion on social media last Sunday, advocating for Pochettino’s departure from the club following Chelsea’s 4-2 loss at home to Wolves.

In the aftermath of Chelsea’s latest setback she wrote: “It’s time to change. If you wait any longer it will be too late.”

Pochettino has officially acknowledged that he has conversed with the defender, yet he chose not to divulge the details of their discussion.

“He [Thiago] came today to talk to me. I’m not going to talk about what we were talking but the most important thing is that he came and talked to me.” Pochettino told his press conference ahead of Wednesday’s FA Cup replay against Aston Villa.

The manager of Chelsea reassured fans that his rapport with the experienced defender remained positive despite the social media activity of the player’s wife.

“It’s good,” he added. “It’s very good. I think so. From the beginning, you can see my press conferences and how I talk about him.

The Argentine manager is facing mounting pressure following a lackluster beginning to his tenure at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s loss on Sunday marked their tenth defeat in 23 league matches, resulting in the team dropping into the lower half of the table.

Nevertheless, Pochettino disclosed that the club’s owners are backing him, despite the possibility of a second consecutive season without European qualification.

“I received a very good text from them [after the Wolves defeat],” Pochettino added. “We are all in this together. That is the most important thing.”

When questioned about whether he found the Chelsea job tougher than initially expected, the 51-year-old manager remained resolute, asserting his confidence in his ability to reverse the club’s fortunes.

“Of course, it’s always a tough job. But at the same time it is an exciting project and a project that we know is difficult,” he said.

“In this type of moment, we are living in a situation that is not nice, we can learn. It is a good opportunity to learn. I told the players today in the meeting that I trust them more than ever.

“We really trust the players we have. We are going to face this moment and knowing we can move back and win games.”

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