Chelsea made a splash against Lille in the Champions League after goals from Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic but Thiago Silva won plaudits after another incredible display.
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Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic were both named in the 2-0 win over the French champions at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of their last-16 tie.
It put the Blues in control ahead of the second leg in France in three weeks’ time.
But equally important to the goals was the utter stalemate at the rear with veteran defender Silva looking utterly dominating throughout the game.
And the Brazilian’s stellar performance even helped Chelsea The result is setting a new record in the Champions League.
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After keeping a clean sheet, the Blues are now the first English team in history to win 5 consecutive home matches without conceding a goal in the European arena.
Among the many compliments Silva received on social media, Lineker went to the former Paris Saint-Germain star a nice dedication of its own.
The host of The Match of the Day said: “How good is Thiago Silva? I will answer myself: strangely good.
“A great defender who is challenging Father Time.”
This is a good campaign for the 37-year-old, who has only missed four Premier League Suitable for all seasons.
After joining PSG on a free transfer in the summer of 2020, Silva is certain to play a third year at Stamford Bridge after signing a new one-year contract earlier this term.
As well as being a formidable rock in the back, Chelsea fans fell in love with him and it was said he was the last to leave the field on Tuesday night when the Shed End sang his name.
And one of the men who helped convince the veteran star to trade his life in Paris for London has also praised him.
Jody Morris is an assistant to Frank Lampard at the time Silva signed and he admits the midfielder is like a brick wall for Lille.
I said BBC Radio 5Live: “Extremely solid, especially in the second half. They completely controlled the game and Thiago Silva was unbelievable – he didn’t seem to have aged a bit.
“Kai Havertz, you have to credit the manager for picking him and Havertz had one of his best games in a Chelsea shirt. N’Golo Kante is his best player in the world. Lille’s threat wasn’t enough and as they got close to goal Chelsea hit a brick wall.
“It was a really brilliant performance by Chelsea. Keeping a clean sheet is huge at home. With matches where they have to keep up with the league that could allow them to rotate the roster more.
“There should have been more than that, that was the only disappointment Thomas Tuchel would have, but you can’t really whine about a 2-0 round of 16 win.
“Chelsea have won without playing their best and if some of these players start to perform at the level they can reach then they can continue playing for the long term.”
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