Thiago Silva is impervious to the effects of time and he proved it once again with a sensational goal-line clearance in Chelsea’s Champions League game against Juventus on Tuesday night.
The 37-year-old Brazilian defender moved to Chelsea from Paris Saint-Germain in 2020 and, given his age, some worried he might be past it.
He has spent the last 18 months proving nothing could be further from the truth, putting in outstanding performances as Chelsea won last season’s Champions League and continuing that form in 2021-22.
Before the Blues played Juventus at Stamford Bridge, the Brazilian’s young team-mate Trevoh Chalobah said: “Thiago Silva was one of my idols growing up as a kid, and with how successful he’s been. It’s great sharing the pitch and training sessions with him.
“For me as a young player, he is someone I need to look at for where I want to be, and where I want to go to.”
Chalobah is certainly looking in the right direction, as Silva showed once more on Tuesday night.
With 27 minutes gone and Chelsea one to the good, former Chelsea man Alvaro Morata was put through on goal and managed to lob the ball over Edouard Mendy.
He must have thought he’d scored. But then Silva steamed in and brilliantly hooked the ball off the line.
Superb stuff from Thiago Silva to give Chelsea the lead at half-time! ❌💪
Thiago Silva was received heart-warming chanting from entirely Chelsea fans after the Brazilian veterans defender delivered brilliant clearance against Juventus at Stamford Bridge last night.
After the European champions taken the lead through Trevoh Chalobah stunning strike, Juve made significant effort to equasile, which was produced by former Blues star Alvaro Morata.
The Spain international reaching Locatelli’s pass a split second before Edouard Mendy, who was powerless to stop the Juventus forward lifting the ball over his desperate lunge.
Booed every time he touched the ball on his return to west London, Morata could not have done much more with the chance. The shot was high, Mendy was beaten and 1-1 was on the cards. Like everyone else inside Stamford Bridge.
Morata could not have predicted that he was going to be denied by Silva producing a moment of astonishing athleticism, the 37-year-old defying logic by hurtling back to hook the ball to safety with a spectacular overhead clearance.
Immediately Thiago Silva produced moment of magic, the entirely Blues fans who attended the match at Stamford Bridge last night, starting chanting the Brazilian name.
Meanwhile, the matches ended with 4-0, after Thomas Tuchel’s men delivered brilliant performances in second-half of the game by scored three amazing goal through James, Werner and Hudson-Odoi.
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