Thomas Tuchel was reportedly regularly irritated by the time Thiago Silva would take on the ball.

According to The Athletic, the former Chelsea manager ‘grew frustrated’ with what he deemed as Silva’s ‘lack of urgency in possession’.

The Brazilian does often play the sport at his own pace, mainly because he has the quality to do so.

Why rush when you can slow down and see the whole picture?

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This is how the 38-year-old has performed throughout most of his career, especially towards the latter stages when reserving energy is vital.

Yet, despite the defender’s outstanding qualities, reducing the game to half speed didn’t quite fit into Tuchel’s tactics.

He liked Chelsea to progress quickly from the defence, using the wing-backs as outlets in wide positions.

Trying to switch out Silva

Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen were great distributers of the ball, as well as being strong carriers when needing to bypass opposition.

Both players left for La Liga in the summer, causing Tuchel to ask Todd Boehly to provide sufficient cover in this area of the field.

Not only this, but the Athletic claim the Chelsea boss wanted at least two new centre-backs to ultimately displace Silva from the starting XI.

Boehly responded by signing Kalidou Koulibaly and Wesley Fofana.

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Whilst the two arrivals to Stamford Bridge looked great on paper, the reality has been entirely different.

Fofana played just four times for the Blues before suffering a knee injury at the beginning of October.

Koulibaly has also been through the wars in terms of injuries, starting seven of the 15 Premier League games.

All this while, Silva remained an ever-present for Tuchel and has continued to do so under Graham Potter.

This really is the tale of the tortoise and the hare.

Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.