Veteran defender Thiago Silva is ‘ridiculously good’, insists Gary Lineker… as Chelsea set new Champions League clean sheet record after Lille victory in last-16 tie
- Chelsea sealed a 2-0 win over Lille in their last-16 tie in the Champions League
- Thiago Silva, 37, was dominant at the back to help the Blues keep a clean sheet
- Chelsea are the first English side to not concede in five straight home wins
Gary Lineker took to social media to label experienced defender Thiago Silva as ‘ridiculously good’ after his superb performance in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Lille in the Champions League.
Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic both netted to guide the Blues to victory over the French side in the first-leg of the last-16 tie.
Thomas Tuchel’s side kept a clean sheet in the match with the 37-year-old being dominate throughout shutting down attacks from Jonathan David and Jonathan Bamba at Stamford Bridge.
Gary Lineker has labelled experienced Chelsea defender Thiago Silva as ‘ridiculously good’
The 37-year-old was dominant at the back for the Blues to help them keep a clean sheet in their 2-0 victory over Lille
The Brazilian international helped play a part in history as the Blues are now the first English team in history to win five consecutive home matches without conceding a goal in Europe.
Plenty of fans were full of praise for Silva on social media while former Tottenham striker Lineker also sang his praises.
The Match of the Day presenter said: ‘How good is Thiago Silva? I’ll answer that myself: ridiculously good.
‘A wonderful defender who’s defying Father Time.’
Silva has helped Chelsea set a new Champions League as the first English team to keep five consecutive clean sheets in Europe
Silva has been solid for Chelsea since arriving on a free transfer from PSG in the summer of 2020.
The centre-back has missed just four Premier League matches this campaign and despite his age appears to be showing no signs of slowing down.
He has already helped the west London outfit win the Champions League last season as well as the Club World Cup this term.
Jody Morris, who was assistant manager to Frank Lampard at Chelsea, when Silva signed for the club was also full of praise for his former defender.
Morris told BBC Radio 5 Live: “Extremely solid, especially in the second half. They totally controlled the game and Thiago Silva was unbelievable – it does not seem like he is getting older one bit.’