The Brazilian was delighted to end his wait for European glory after being a losing finalist to the French giants last season
Thiago Silva reveled in Chelsea’s Champions League success on Saturday night while claiming that he had always been unfairly made the scapegoat for his former club Paris Saint-Germain.
Chelsea won the European Cup for the second time in history after beating Manchester City 1-0 in an all-English final at the Estadio do Dragao, thanks to a first-half strike from Kai Havertz .
Silva exorcised the demons of PSG’s final loss to Bayern Munich last season, despite injured injuries before the break, and took the opportunity to express his frustrations with his former club after the game.
What was said?
“It’s incredible. It’s the most important moment of my career. It’s unforgettable,” said the Blues center-back. RMC Sport. “I’m really, really happy. To have this cup is huge. My injury? A lot of things have been going on in my head.
“Getting out of the game very early was difficult for me. But at this level, we cannot be at 70%. But I’m happy because the team remained calm and defended well.
“We suffered, but we did it well. In the end, we are rewarded for everything we did. It’s special for me, especially considering the pressure we had in Paris to win it.
“Every time Paris was eliminated, people wanted to find a culprit and it was me all the time. Too bad.
“I hope Paris wins in the future, because I left a lot of friends there. And I will always stay red and blue.”
Silva and Chelsea to conquer Europe
Chelsea offered Silva a free transfer following his departure from PSG last summer, and he went on to become a key member of the squad under Frank Lampard before reuniting with Thomas Tuchel – who was dismissed from his managerial role at the Park des Princes in December.
Silva appeared in eight games in the Blues’ run to the final, including the two games of their last four win over Real Madrid, but took a hit just before the 40-minute mark in Porto who took saw Andreas Christensen replace him. .
Tuchel’s men regrouped admirably and made the breakthrough when Havertz ran on a pass from Mason Mount before going around Ederson and squeezing into an empty net.
Pulisic nearly doubled his count in the second half, as Riyad Mahrez approached death for City with a soft volley before Chelsea finally resisted for a narrow but well-deserved victory.
The bigger picture
Despite the fact that Silva was unable to complete the Champions League centerpiece, it was reported that the Blues would trigger their option to extend his contract for another year.
The 36-year-old’s experience and cool head at the back have helped the West London side reach new heights in 2020-21, and fans hope his continued presence can inspire them to launch a Premier League bid next season.