Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel reacts as FA bans his star player ahead EPL game

Thiago Silva remained at Cobham over the international break instead of playing in World Cup qualifiers

Thomas Tuchel believes that the decision to possibly ban Thiago Silva and other Brazilian players this weekend helps nobody and a better solution must be found for future international breaks.

Chelsea did not release Silva to join up with the Brazilian national team as Premier League teams voted to prevent their stars from travelling to red-list countries.

As a result Brazil’s football authorities invoked a FIFA rule which led to a five-day ban for those who did not join up. That leaves the former PSG star set to miss the Blues games against Aston Villa and Zenit Saint Petersburg.

However, Tuchel has not ruled out the possibility that the veteran features on Saturday.

He said: “Not only with Thiago but with the situation. Maybe not football but the world itself is not the same with travelling and travelling restrictins.

“If we try to go in the international break home to my country or try to bring my family over it is not the same. It is more and more complicated.

“Of course the clubs want their players to play, national teams as well and the players also want to play.

“If it ends up the situation if the players cannot play for the national team and are maybe suspended in their league.

“That helps nobody, it makes no sense. Not for the fans, not for football, not for the national team or the clubs.

“Personally I think there could be a solution that the games are moved from red listed countries to green listed countries like we did with the Champions League. We played in Romania and Sevilla.

“Right now Thiago is not officially out. The chairman is still in negotiations and I’m waiting for the final decision. For me, it’s enough if I get the final decision tomorrow. We will take the latest decision tomorrow morning and we still hope he can play.”

Liverpool were heavily impacted with Fabinho, Roberto Firmino and Alisson Becker being forced out of action, with Jurgen Klopp similarly unhappy with the outcome.

“I can say what I know: I don’t know in the moment,” said the Reds boss. “We will see, there are meetings going on.

“We all know we are in the middle of a pandemic, which is difficult for all parts of life and for football it was difficult as well.

“We have a few more games to play than we have to play usually internationally. We had a summer break where all of a sudden somebody organised again a Copa America, where they could have played the games, for example, without playing a Copa America, which they had a year before.

“But people decide without us these kind of things. Okay, nobody cares, that’s how it is.

“Then a week or 10 days before the international break we get ‘Okay, we play now three games and the last game is on Thursday night’. Actually, Friday morning.

“So we have nothing to do with that. Friday morning, by the way. We have nothing to do with that, we cannot decide anything about it, we just read these things.”

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