Graham Potter admits Thiago Silva lucky to escape red in Crystal Palace win
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Potter feels the distance from the goal could have been a factor in the card not being of a different colour for Thiago Silva.

Chelsea manager Graham Potter admits Thiago Silva lucky to avoid red card in win against Crystal Palace.

Chelsea manager Graham Potter has said that the centre-back Thiago Silva was lucky not to receive a punishment against Crystal Palace. The Blues ended up winning the game 2-1 after going 1-0 down.

The Eagles started the scoring in the seventh minute against the run of play. Chelsea dominated the opening proceedings. However, it was Odsonne Edouard who equalised for the Blues.

In the 33rd minute, Jordan Ayew looked to have gotten the better of our Brazilian defender, who was the last man. But Silva ensured the Ghanaian forward could not go any further as he looked to have stopped the ball with his hands.

The referee gave Silva a yellow card despite protests from the Palace players and bench. VAR was also involved, but in the end, the official decision was upheld.

Speaking after the 2-1 win via the Express, Potter admitted the 38-year-old defender may have gotten away with one. But, the English manager feels the distance from the goal could have been a factor in the card not being of a different colour for the Brazilian.

“I thought it was touch and go. The fact he was quite far from the goal saved him and it could’ve gone the other way.”

Silva has started every game in the Premier League for Chelsea this season. Summer signing Wesley Fofana partnered Silva in back four. Reece Jame and Ben Chilwell started the game as the Graham Potter’s full-backs.

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