Shock Noni Madueke moment caught on live TV as Thiago Silva cried after Chelsea defeat

Thiago Silva of Chelsea looks dejected after the team's defeat in the Emirates FA Cup Semi Final match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 20, 2024
Madueke and Grealish spotted laughing while Silva cries after Chelsea defeat -Credit:Photo by Chris Lee - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Mauricio Pochettino will be less than impressed with Noni Madueke following Chelsea's defeat to Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final – but not because of his performance. The 22-year-old winger helped his side create numerous opportunities at Wembley Stadium on Saturday afternoon, but the reigning champions prevailed.

Bernardo Silva broke the deadlock in the dying embers of the tie, latching onto a deflected cross from Kevin De Bruyne. Madueke was replaced by Mykhailo Mudryk five minutes prior to Pep Guardiola's side finding the lead – as was Malo Gusto, who was switched out for Axel Disasi.

At full-time, many of the Blues players looked dejected after failing to book themselves a ticket to the final next month. Some looked more upset than others, with Thiago Silva, who sees his contract at Stamford Bridge expire in the summer, balling his eyes out.

The veteran defender has been heavily linked with an exit from Chelsea for a while now as he approaches the latter stages of his career. While Silva looked distraught, Madueke was spotted in hysterics just metres away from his teammate.

He was seen sharing a joke with Jack Grealish just minutes after the full-time whistle. A clip of the incident quickly gone viral on social media, with large sections of the Blues fanbase taking aim at the England Under-21 international.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Pochettino reflected on a frustrating afternoon. The Chelsea manager said: "Yeah, but in football the most important thing is to be clinical and to not concede.

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"We competed well, I cannot say we were the better side because that in football is difficult to measure. The most important thing is we competed. Competing in this way, we need to take positives from the game.

"This type of group of players needs this type of moments in games. Now it’s about to take the positive things and try to build in the things that we need, the areas we need to improve. Now is the time to finish the season in the best way and then to speak about how we can be better next season."

While Madueke has shown great promise this season, Chelsea supporters have been far from happy with his antics recently. Just last week against Everton, he was caught up in an on-pitch brawl with Nicolas Jackson over a spot-kick.

The duo were spotted arguing with one another about a penalty before Cole Palmer assumed responsibility. Madueke initially picked up the ball to take the spot-kick. The Blues striker, who looked visibly angry, tried to grab the ball from his teammate.

The former PSV Eindhoven ace shrugged off Jackson on numerous occasions before Palmer eventually arrived on the scene and took the ball.