The Brazilian international midfielder starred in Arsenal's record-breaking 2003/04 Premiership title triumph.
Legendary Brazilian footballer Gilberto Silva believes that the upcoming Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea will see the former starting off as favourites. Silva termed the Cityzens as the stronger team going into the game considering they look quite dominant on paper as well as on the field. However, he also termed Chelsea as having an outside chance, taking into account the unpredictable nature of the game.
“Manchester City are the stronger team on paper as well as on the field. It’s a good opportunity for them to win their maiden UEFA Champions League title. It will be tough for Chelsea but football is certainly unpredictable,” said Silva in an exclusive interaction with SportsLumo.
The Brazilian international midfielder starred in Arsenal’s record-breaking 2003/04 Premiership title triumph. He joined Arsenal in August 2002 having previously been a member of Brazil’s 2002 World Cup winning squad.
Scoring on his debut to clinch victory in the FA Charity Shield, Silva netted the fastest Champions League goal at PSV Eindhoven in September 2002.
A proven campaigner like him understands the importance of the presence of a veteran like Thiago Silva in the Chelsea backline, even more than others. The Brazilian hailed Thiago’s experience, terming his availability as extremely vital.
“Thiago Silva is experienced when it comes to such games, which involve a lot of pressure. His presence on the field will be very important for Chelsea. While the Blues recorded a defeat in their recent Premier League encounter against Aston Villa, a final starts off with a clean slate. This is the last dance for them. It will be interesting to see how they react.”
Silva believes that Mason Mount will play a crucial role in the Champions League final, with a few words on Timo Werner as well.
“Mount has been excellent for Chelsea and I am sure he is going to be very important for them. However, football is a game that involves team work, with small details going on to determine the final result. One major aspect however will be the performance of Timo Werner, who will be looking to record a solid display in his final game of the season.”