Thiago Silva's message to Chelsea stars after FA Cup final defeat


Losing back-to-back FA Cup finals will have inevitably hurt Chelsea’s players on Saturday night.

But it didn’t take long for some of the leaders in their dressing room to take to social media to stress they still have too much to play for this season for them to dwell on the loss to Leicester City.

Frank Lampard’s first season in charge of the Blues ended in FA Cup defeat to Arsenal last summer and his predecessor Thomas Tuchel has followed suit.

On Saturday, Youri Tielemans’ stunning strike just after the hour-mark decided the 2021 FA Cup final as Leicester lifted the trophy for the first time in their history at the fifth time of asking.



Antonio Rudiger was quick to react on Twitter following Chelsea's defeat
Antonio Rudiger was quick to react on Twitter following Chelsea’s defeat

It would have come as a crushing blow for many of the Chelsea squad but Leicester had not long lifted the trophy when Thiago Silva, who captained the side following Cesar Azpilicueta’s substitution at Wembley, took to social media to issue a rallying cry.

Silva posted on Twitter : “Overcoming is necessary, moving forward is essential.

“Together, we will overcome the obstacles, improve whatever it takes, and follow through with our goal as a team. Let’s go
Chelsea FC!”

At the start of this week, Chelsea’s men’s and women’s teams had the chance to be crowned European champions, they had an FA Cup final to look forward to and Tuchel’s side were in a strong position to qualify for the Champions League next season.

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Cesar Azpilicueta was captain for Chelsea's FA Cup defeats in 2020 and 2021
Cesar Azpilicueta was captain for Chelsea’s FA Cup defeats in 2020 and 2021

However, this weekend saw the men’s side lose the FA Cup final, the women’s team are currently 4-0 down in the Champions League final and back-to-back victories for Liverpool in the last four days mean Chelsea may need to win both their final games this season to secure Champions League qualification via the Premier League.

Victories over Leicester City on Tuesday night and against Aston Villa on Sunday, before beating Manchester City in the Champions League final, would see the FA Cup defeat as a mere blip in an otherwise dream start to Tuchel’s reign at Chelsea.

But three defeats and it would turn into a nightmare, with the prospect of missing out on all three European competitions still a possibility.

Fellow centre back Antonio Rudiger was another to stress the importance of refocusing quickly before Tuesday’s match at Stamford Bridge, as he too took to Twitter in the immediate aftermath of the FA Cup final defeat.

He said: “Losing a cup final feels more disappointing than being knocked out in an early round to be honest, but this game won’t ruin the self confidence we’ve gained during the last months.

“Only one way. Chin up and fight back in our next crucial matches ahead #Hustle #AlwaysBelieve.”

And his words were reiterated on Sunday by club captain Azpilicueta, who tweeted: “It hurts a lot to lose a final… we have a lot to fight for in the next 2 weeks! Thank you for your support, let’s go for it all together!”

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