Thiago Silva was seen going wild in the stands after Emerson Palmieri’s strike confirmed passage to the last eight of the Champions League with a 3-0 aggregate scoreline which they will face Porto up next.
Thomas Tuchel is full of praises for the Brazilian Legend who has been sidelined due to injury that has left him out for quite some time as he won’t be playing against Sheffield United on Sunday in the FA Cup quarter final clash.
The German international paid tribute to all the none playing squad members of Chelsea after their Wednesday night 2-0 victory against Atletico Madrid who saw some wild celebration amongst Thiago Silva, Mason Mount and Jorginho.
The Blues secured qulaification to the last eight of the UEFA Champions League with a 2-0 win against Diego Simeone’s side, thanks to goals from Hakim Ziyech and Emerson Palmieri which finished off with a late strike to end things 3-0 on aggregate.
When the last goal was scored on that night, it sparked a wild celebrations in the stands from the defender, who is sidelined with injury, and now Tuchel has highlighted the importance of his presence off the pitch of play.
Both individuals had worked together earlier at Paris Saint-Germain before the Brazilian move to Stamford Bridge which was a good timing with the German manager taking over from Frank Lampard who sees both people working once again.
What Thomas Tuchel Said About Thiago Silva
“Well, I know Thiago now for many years, we had a fantastic partnership in Paris,” the 47-year-old told his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final with Sheffield United.
“He was an absolutely reliable partner as captain for me as a coach from the first minute I stepped in. Once he is part of the team, he is 100 per cent part of the team, 100% professional. He’s a very emotional guy.”
The Manager Also Added About The Team Bond For Both Regular And Non Playing Players
“All three of them, Mason, Jorginho and Thiago, were totally involved in the game, and I can only repeat that makes the group special at the moment,” he added. “I heard them during the match coaching, taking care, to support the players.
“I felt the same thing for example from Willy Caballero and Kepa from the bench. If we want to have special results, and if we want to have special moments we need to play with a special atmosphere.
“This does not change in football, not at the highest level and not in the park round the corner. This is what football can do, and to create an atmosphere like this, you can totally rely on Thiago.
“He absolutely sees himself as a team player, he lives for the team that he plays for. When he’s in the stands he suffers. He was so, so happy for Emerson to score with the other guys.”
Thiago Silva won’t be available to play as Chelsea takes on Sheffield United in the quarter final of the English FA Cup which will be played on Sunday, with the Brazilian still not fully ready and the manager isn’t looking at rushing him.