Thiago Silva: It’s difficult to take but we must keep our heads up

In his assessment of our loss to West Ham yesterday, Thiago Silva explained why he felt we were hard done by and deserved to leave the London Stadium with at least a point.

The Brazilian headed us in front and after a penalty conceded by Edouard Mendy was converted, Mason Mount superbly restored our advantage on the stroke of half-time.

The Blues bossed possession and territory after the interval but found clear chances hard to come by. At the other end, Jarrod Bowen equalised from range and then very late on Arthur Masuaku’s cross found its way in, condemning us to a second league loss of the campaign.

‘Normally it would have been a draw,’ said Thiago Silva.

‘It’s not like West Ham created lots of opportunities, we gave them two goals. We have to take more care because that’s two or three matches now where we have given the opposition a goal.

‘But we played okay, we kept the ball well and tried to control the match. The first and third goals were a bit unlikely, a bit difficult to explain. I don’t think the third was a shot, he was trying to cross the ball and it went in the goal.

‘It’s the first time this season we have conceded three goals in the same match,’ the Brazilian pointed out.

‘We played much better than we did in the game before [at Watford], but a team on our level can’t allow them to win a match like that, one we had under control. It’s difficult to take this defeat but we must keep our heads up.’

In the past three games we have conceded five goals, more than in our opening 12 league fixtures combined. Thiago Silva considered why our normally exceptionally high defensive standards have been allowed to slip somewhat.

‘It’s not only physically difficult this league, it’s mentally difficult. There are a lot of matches at the moment, a lot of injuries, not just for Chelsea, and it’s the most intense league in Europe.

‘You have to make changes, and you can pay a little bit for that, but it’s not an individual sport, it’s a collective one. We must keep our head up and get ready for the next match that’s coming, because we can’t change what’s happened, but we can change the future.’

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