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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has been slammed for a decision he made against West Brom.
Chelsea defender Thiago Silva started his first league game since the beginning of February against West Brom on Saturday afternoon but lasted just 29 minutes after being sent off for two bookable offences.
Former Chelsea winger Karen Carney believes Tuchel made a big mistake for starting an unfit Silva against West Brom.
Speaking ahead of kick-off, Tuchel explained Silva won’t finish the game against West Brom, with Andreas Christensen expected to replace the Brazilian later in the game.
“He will not finish the game for us today but we gave him the possibility to start to give him a pre-match routine and a proper warm-up, which for him personally I have the feeling is very important to feel confident,” Tuchel said.
“We made the decision that he starts and then Andreas Christensen will take over.”
Carney believes talk of Silva only being fit to play a certain number of minutes wasn’t ideal and insists only fit players should start.
“I think it was the rumours of Thiago Silva coming in and playing a certain amount of minutes,” Carney told BT Sport.
“As a player if you hear that, straight away you think ‘why is the manager managing certain minutes against good opposition you have to give respect to?’ So that mentality starts before [the match].
“Concentrate on his this game, put your strongest team out and get the result, you are in a position where you can’t drop any [points].”
Carney added: “This is what happens when you are only playing Thiago Silva in your head for 45 minutes. He will know that you cannot do that from now on.
“If you’re fit, you play, if you’re not, you don’t play.”