Thiago Silva told ‘retire now’ as Chelsea star suffers howler against Newcastle

Thiago Silva told 'retire now' as Chelsea star suffers howler against Newcastle

Thiago Silva made history in Chelsea’s trip to Newcastle United on Saturday, becoming the oldest outfield player in the club’s history. But the 39-year-old endured a nightmare afternoon at St James’ Park, topped off by a horror blunder to help Newcastle on their way to an emphatic victory.

Mauricio Pochettino named Silva at the heart of a back four alongside Benoit Badiashile, marking a landmark appearance.

By featuring, he surpassed Dick Spence (39y 57d) – who held the record since 1947 – as Chelsea’s oldest-ever outfield player at 39y 64d.

However, Silva couldn’t inspire Chelsea to a huge three points in the Premier League as Newcastle ran riot on Tyneside.

Alexander Isak opened the scoring on 13 minutes before Raheem Sterling drew the visitors level with a stunning free-kick later in the first half.

But Jamaal Lascelles restored Newcastle’s lead on the hour mark, and just one minute later, Joelinton profited from a disastrous Silva howler to make it three.

Shortly after Chelsea’s kick-off, the experienced Brazilian seemingly lost concentration on the ball at the back, directing an aimless pass into the path of his compatriot, leaving Robert Sanchez’s goal at his mercy.

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