If Thiago Silva completes his move to Chelsea ahead of the new season, the Brazilian’s new team-mates will have his Champions League final performance fresh in their minds.
Chelsea target, Thiago Silva may have lost the Champions League final. However, his performance against the winners Bayern Munich has given Chelsea fans plenty of reasons to be excited in the 2020/21 season.
The 35-year-old invested in a captain’s performance in the Champions League finale despite his PSG side losing 1-0 to Bayern Munich.
It was the final blow for Silva in the PSG shirt as he is widely expected to sign a two-year-contract at Chelsea as Lampard plans a £200m overhaul of his squad.
The PSG captain showed the Blues supporters exactly what to expect if he ends up swapping the PSG blue for the lighter Chelsea one this summer.
Throughout his career, Silva has always played the defensive leader role to compliment the raging egos of those further up the pitch.
At PSG, fellow countryman Neymar and golden boy Mbappe take all the morning headlines whether they be for the right or wrong reasons. Players like Herrera, Di Maria and Navas are more outspoken while Silva quietly goes about his business.
But that feeling was also similar to one Silva felt at AC Milan when he shared the dressing room with Ibrahimovic, Ronaldinho, Kaka and Beckham as the Serie A Club won the Serie A in 2011.
His presence has been the difference for PSG’s perennial successes over the last few seasons. With Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and potentially Kai Havertz set to sprinkle more talent to Lampard’s attack, Silva may have to adopt that role once again.
Quick to mention, Chelsea have struggled for form all season as their main sources of defensive leadership, Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso have has defensive incapability. But, with Silva at their disposal, it shows how vital he will be in improving his new side’s defensive.
Though it was his leadership skills that impressed more than his defensive capabilities in the final, Silva could be the best defender Chelsea has had since the Lampard hung his boots.