“Borderline embarrassing,” “Absolute t***” – Chelsea fans slam Jamie Redknapp for forgettable on-air goof-up involving Thiago Silva



Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has been on the receiving end of backlash from Chelsea fans following his statement involving Thiago Silva. Redknapp praised Silva for his display during the Blues’ 2022-23 Premier League season opener against Everton . He said (as quoted by the Mirror):

“Amazing player, he’s just got this ability, it’s like a magnet, he’s so calm. One of the great defenders I think we’ve ever seen.”

However, Redknapp then stated that the Brazilian wasn’t in the top bracket of defenders because he hadn’t won the UEFA Champions League. It was a goof-up from the Sky Sports pundit as Silva lifted the prestigious European title just over a year ago with Chelsea. Redknapp added:

“I think he’s won 23 major trophies, the only thing that has evaded him is the Champions League. That might be why he’s not in the bracket of [Paolo] Maldini, [Franco] Baresi, he is one of the great defenders, a joy to watch.”

“And to be still doing it at this level and looking so calm in what is a fast furious, just so assured.”

Several Chelsea fans took to Twitter to call out Redknapp’s mistake, with one tweeting a photo of Silva holding the Champions League trophy captioned:

“Dear Jamie Redknapp[,] See below. You absolute t***.”
“Jamie Redknapp’s comments on Thiago Silva are just borderline embarrassing.”

Prior to lifting the Champions League title with the Blues, Silva won seven Ligue 1 titles, six French League Cups and five French Cups with Paris Saint-Germain. The 37-year-old also lifted the Serie A title and the Supercoppa Italia with AC Milan. Silva has also won the Copa America and Confederations Cup with Brazil. Post his Champions League success, he added the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup to his incredible resume.

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