Thiago Silva has revealed he had a difficult relationship with Unai Emery and says he ‘did not understand’ a number of his decisions while in charge of PSG.
PSG appointed Emery as their manager in 2016 on the back of three successful seasons at Spanish club Sevilla.
Emery won seven trophies during his time in Paris but was replaced at the end of the 2017-18 campaign, with his PSG team failing to progress beyond the last-16 of the Champions League.
The Spanish manager moved to Arsenal following his departure from PSG but spent just 18 months at the Emirates before losing his job again.
Silva is considered one of PSG’s best and most decorated players in modern history but had a strained relationship with Emery, which came to a head when he was left out of a Champions League clash against Real Madrid in 2018.
‘We didn’t often agree with each other,’ Silva told France Football.
‘He was the “commander”, well, he was paid for that, so I respected his authority, but in the first leg against Real Madrid, he left me on the bench because he needed a left-footed central defender.
‘That was his excuse. This is the first time I’ve spoken about that, but at the time, it was hard to digest.
‘He left [Angel] Di Maria on the bench too. We lost 3-1. In the second leg, he no longer needed a left-footed central defender.
‘He put me in the starting line-up! It’s the kind of thing a player doesn’t understand. And this is just one example among many with Emery.’
Brazilian hero Silva struggled on his Premier League debut, making an uncharacteristic mistake as Chelsea drew 3-3 with newly-promoted West Brom on Saturday.
Addressing his error following the match, Silva said: ‘There are days when unfortunately hard work doesn’t pay off the way we expected.
‘I am upset, but I take responsibility for the mistake I made, as I always did. As difficult as it may be, we have to get over this and move on.
‘I want to thank my teammates and the entire staff for their continuous support since I joined Chelsea FC. I am really grateful of that support.
‘I promise to all of you that I will give everything I have on the pitch, putting all my energy and commitment into the games to come.’