Silva is considered one of the most experienced defenders currently playing the game, having represented the likes of Paris Saint-Germain FC and AC Milan in the past.
Brazilian defender Thiago Silva will be soon seen in action representing Chelsea in the upcoming UEFA Champions League final against Manchester City. Silva is considered one of the most experienced defenders currently playing the game, having represented the likes of Paris Saint-Germain FC and AC Milan in the past. The 36-year-old has made his presence felt for the Blues with stunning performances, which certainly played a crucial role in Chelsea making it to the final of the elite competition.
Former Barcelona footballer and fellow Brazilian Giovanni Silva de Oliveira, better known as Giovanni hailed Silva as a game-changer, terming his “technique” and “leadership” as important factors.
“Thiago Silva will certainly play a crucial role against Manchester City, considering his experience, technique and leadership,” said Giovanni in an exclusive interaction with SportsLumo.
The former Barcelona player termed Mason Mount and Phil Foden as the footballers to watch out for in both sides, with special praise for the former.
“Mason Mount is very talented and someone who could very well go on to determine the final scoreline, despite being so young. Phil Foden is another exciting player to watch out for.”
Chelsea have struggled in recent times, suffering a 2-1 defeat in their final Premier League encounter against Aston Villa. However, Giovanni believes that the Blues will not be affected by the loss, terming the Champions League final as an opportunity for Timo Werner to redeem himself.
“Chelsea will not be disheartened by the defeat against Aston Villa. I would expect the players to showcase their mental strength and give it their best shot as if it was the last games of their lives. Anything can happen in the final. Werner might well go on to deliver a superb performance.”
It will be certainly interesting to note whether Chelsea are able to emulate their heroics from the 2012 edition, having pulled off a comeback against the odds when facing off against Bayern Munich in a fine encounter. The Blues have faced City twice already and won both, an FA Cup semi-final and a Premier League clash in Manchester. Even despite their recent blip, Thomas Tuchel has made them hard to beat, based on a solid defence.