Kovacic was livid at Coote’s decision making on the day
While Chelsea had no one but themselves to blame for their dormant showing against West Brom on Saturday, the club would have felt a little hard done by the red card dished out to Thiago Silva.
The CB was given his marching orders early in the tie after being deemed guilty of two yellow card worthy fouls. The Brazilian was asked to leave the pitch shortly after Chelsea had taken the lead on the day through a Christian Pulisic goal.
Chelsea subsequently completely lost their way as the side collapsed like a house of cards. The side was wiped the floor with as it slumped to a sorry 5-2 defeat at home, a result which finally curbed Thomas Tuchel’s unbeaten 14 match run.
Kovacic Unleashes Outburst At Croote
However, Chelsea’s fury towards Coote was amply documented during a moment in the second half. Shortly before West Brom went onto score their fourth of the day, midfielder Matteo Kovacic was dished out a yellow card.
Kovacic was in no mood to take his punishment lying down though as he was caught making his feelings clear towards Coote blatantly clear.
“Shame on you. Yeah, yeah, well done. Worst ref ever,” as reported by football.london’s Adam Newson.
Silva Disagrees With Red Card
Thiago Silva meanwhile took to Instagram after the clash to voice his displeasure at the red card.
“Lessons need to be learned from difficult days, so that the next day is the beginning of a new beginning,” the CB wrote.
“I believe it was not an expulsion move, I haven’t seen the video yet, but the referee made his decision and we can’t change what happened. I assume my responsibility for the expulsion, which unfortunately directly affected the result of the game.
“Now we have to join our forces, because Wednesday it will be another battle. Come on @ChelseaFC “.
West Brom’s Sam Allardyce meanwhile lent his support to Coote as he believed Silva should have been sent off with a direct red long back.
“We took advantage, and I thought we started the game really brightly, I thought we created chances and Silva was lucky to stay on when he pulled Pereira back with two hands when he maybe could have gone through and scored a goal,” the West Brom bigwig said.