BREAKING NEWS: “He was the reason we lost against Newcastle, he completed only 2 passes and Had less touches than the goal keeper- Thiago Silva sends clear Chelsea message to CHELSEA FLOP after Pochettino reveals who to ‘blame.

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Chelsea captain Reece James has continued to get words of support from his teammates after he was sent off in the 4-1 defeat to Newcastle on Saturday. It’s the second red card for the Blues this season after fellow right-back Malo Gusto was dismissed earlier this year himself in a loss to Aston Villa.

The result and performance were described by Mauricio Pochettino as the worst since he took over the club and that is despite also failing to beat Nottingham Forest and Brentford at Stamford Bridge as well as losing to West Ham. After taking four points and scoring eight goals in the two games before the international break it has stopped the momentum for Chelsea as well.

Newcastle have been struggling for fitness throughout their side and started 17-year-old Lewis Miley as well as welcoming back Miguel Almiron, Fabian Schar and Alexander Isak from issues. That did little to stop them though as a self-inflicted collapse left Pochettino raging after the game.

We were never connected with the game,” he said in the aftermath. “Even when we scored, it was a moment to go but the team was never with the right energy to go and compete.” The Argentine added: “Both disappointed and angry. It’s normal to blame yourself when this type of performance happens and we need to blame ourselves.

“Even if Newcastle wasn’t great, it was an easy win. To come here, Chelsea, and show it would be difficult for them to play to win the game and beat us. It was so easy the way that we conceded. the way we were soft in every single challenge, we did not show we were playing for something important.”

With plenty of fan backlash online and disappointment from the travelling away fans it was James who took to social media afterwards to deliver a message of apology. He was sent off in the second half for two yellow cards, the first picked up for dissent and marked a totally ill-disciplined display from the side.

I take full responsibility for my red card today, two silly mistakes,” he wrote on Instagram. “Another lesson for me to learn. I’d like to apologise to the fans and my teammates. The performance today was far below our standards but this game does not define us! We’ve made huge improvements this season against many top teams. We’ll be back next weekend.”

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Chelsea had fought to stay in the game after a sluggish start and responded to Isak’s opener with a stunning free-kick from Raheem Sterling. An entertaining first half could have resulted in them being ahead at the break but Conor Gallagher and Enzo Fernandez both missed big chances. They were made pay in the second 45 though, falling apart.

Two goals scored within two minutes came from a mixture of immaturity and mistakes, as Pochettino himself admitted, leaving a mountain to climb in a hostile atmosphere. James then made that insurmountable with less than 20 minutes to play. The Blues captain was making his third league start in a row having been unbeaten previously from the get-go.

Despite a solid enough performance until then, it was James’ momentary head-loss that summed up an entirely forgettable afternoon in the north east. He had previously been on the verge of snapping when getting frustrated by Newcastle assistant coach Jason Tindall on the sideline

The 23-year-old had to be restrained by Silva in a strange altercation that saw him dally on a free-kick before passing it straight to a black and white striped shirt. Silva himself posted online after the game with his mistake ending much chance of a comeback.

Silva miscued his back pass and left Joelinton free to run in one-on-one and score. He replied to James’ post: “I love you my capi [sad face emoji, prayer hands emoji] we go again.” The Brazilian, who didn’t play for his country during the international break but did go to South America for some time off, also apologised to fans.

“I’m devastated,” he wrote. “It wasn’t a good day for us. I would like to apologize to everyone for the defeat, especially to my teammates who believe in me and support me every day. I take full responsibility. Let’s gather strength and come back stronger [prayer emoji, blue heart emoji].”

Pochettino was asked about the error from Silva, explaining: “That is a mistake, I am not talking about mistakes. I am talking more about energy, we were not in the right… we were not prepared in the best way to compete today. That is my concern. We thought we were ready to compete today but we didn’t in the way the competition demanded.”

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