Chelsea fans have mocked the Brazilian FA after Thiago Silva was granted clearance to feature this weekend in the Premier League against Aston Villa.
Silva, 36, was part of a cohort of South American players that decided not to go against their respective club’s wishes during the international period, unlike the quartet of Argentinean Premier League footballers and Tottenham’s Colombia international Davinson Sanchez, who chose to travel.
Veteran centre-half Silva’s side were due to play against Argentina and Peru in Rio de Janeiro in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying campaign, but the first match was dramatically halted midway through over Covid fears.
However, a U-turn from a quartet of nations including Brazil means that the respective nations now have agreed to waive the rule preventing players from participating in games for five days if they fail to report for international duty, following long talks with FIFA and other associations related to the rule and the bizarre situation.
One person who will be relieved at this final verdict alongside all the Blues fanbase is manager Thomas Tuchel, who spoke on the situation during Friday’s pre-match press conference to the Villa clash on Saturday.
The German said: “[I am frustrated] Not only with Thiago but with the situation, yeah. Maybe not football but the world itself is not the same with travelling and restrictions. If you try to go home during the national break, or if I want to bring my family over, it gets more and more complicated.
“Yes, of course, the clubs want their players to play and the national teams as well. And the players also want to play, don’t forget that.
“But if it ends up that players who can’t play in their national team are suspended for their league games, that makes no sense. Not for the players, clubs, national teams, fans or football.
“Me personally, I think it could be a solution to move games from red-listed to green-listed countries like we did with the Champions League last season. So this was a solution where games could be played, so maybe we can find a solution like this.”
Here’s how a selection of Chelsea fans reacted to this new update on social media.
@t4tomiwa_ was buzzing: ‘OH THIAGO!!!!! [followed with four blue hearts].
@surennnn11 mocked a certain organisation: ‘Brazilian FA in the mud [followed by emoji with love hearts for eyes].
@kwesiaint4pf similarly put: ‘HAHAHAHA TAKE THAT BRAZILIAN FA.’
@Saltz 29 commented: ‘Silva will defo start azpi Rudiger and Andreas played most of the international games.’
@mascot1993 was a lot more cautious: ‘Let him rest. Chalobah will play for us.’
Of course, this news doesn’t necessarily mean that the Brazilian will be in the starting XI come 4:30 pm on Saturday afternoon, with stiff competition for places at the back.
The likes of Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta and Trevoh Chalobah have all had stellar starts to the season but Reece James’s red card could move the third of the defenders mentioned out to right-back.
Furthermore, this could open an additional space in the back three that Silva could utilise if manager Tuchel believes it’s the right type of game for him to flourish.