Chelsea endured the worst possible return from the international break against West Brom on Saturday afternoon.
When Christian Pulisic broke the deadlock with his first goal under Thomas Tuchel, it appeared the hosts were going to cruise to making it 15 games unbeaten across all competitions since the German was appointed head coach back in January.
However, Thiago Silva’s 29th minute sending off changed everything as Chelsea went on to concede twice before half-time and another three in the second half.
Mason Mount did threaten to haul the Blues back into the game with a tap-in, but Callum Robinson’s second of the afternoon ensured the Baggies left Stamford Bridge with a surprise, yet deserved, 5-2 win.
As expected, much of the focus has been on Chelsea’s collapse – especially after being reduced to 10-men.
From Tuchel’s point-of-view, his side simply did not cope with Thiago Silva’s dismissal.
“The second story of the game is we were not able to adapt to going one man down,” the Blues boss admitted in his post-match press conference.
“There is no need to concede five goals if you go one man down with our quality.
“Our defending wasn’t at the level it has been and the tactical choices for that are my responsibility. It’s hard to accept but there’s no other solution than to accept it. We move on forward to tomorrow.”
However, some Chelsea fans on Reddit have a theory as to why they could have been 2-0 up before the Brazilian was given his marching orders.
In the 17th minute, Timo Werner went down in the box under a challenge from Darnell Furlong in the penalty area – and the tackle was similar to Thiago Silva’s 11 minutes later that earned him a second yellow card.
But unlike the Blues defender, the Baggies right-back escaped punishment and this has prompted a huge reaction from supporters.
Brandonpayton1 said: “Timo def was a penalty. He catches his foot. I don’t know how that’s not reviewable.”
jinad27 said: “It was clear penalty.”
ad_cfc11 said: “I do think the Werner one is a penalty, it’s very similar to the Silva second in that he’s caught after the ball has been played.”
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DanStFellaTerry said: “Either it’s not a pen and Silva doesn’t get booked, or it is a pen and Silva is sent off. Simple really.”
ParevArev said: “100% a penalty, no question about it.”
cashadow3Havertz said: “That’s ridiculous. Such inconsistency, where was VAR?”