THIAGO SILVA was able to revel in Chelsea's Champions League glory despite a cruel injury blow that took him out of the final.

A first-half groin injury on Saturday night threatened to deliver a second consecutive year of heartbreak for the 36-year-old.

But Kai Havertz's goal meant he was able to finally add the competition to his extensive trophy cabinet.

Silva told RMC: "It's the most important moment of my career, it's unforgettable.

"But it's also a moment for recognition of everything Paris has done for me, but we failed to win it.

"I'm very happy, and I hope that Paris will be able to get here soon."

Last season saw the Brazilian end a hugely successful stint with Paris Saint-Germain by losing the Champions League final to Bayern Munich.

And he admitted to feeling something of a scapegoat after the French side's failures in the competition.


He added: "Every time PSG were eliminated, people tried to find a culprit and it was always me.

"It's a shame, I really gave everything."

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was in charge of PSG for the 2020 final and reunited with Silva in West London.

But it was Frank Lampard who brought the centre-back to Stamford Bridge and the club legend came in for special praise after the victory.

Tuchel changed everything. But it's also important to talk about Lampard.

Silva noted: "We do not always understand everything that is happening, but it is written by God.

"Tuchel changed everything, the team mentality. But it's also important to talk about Lampard.

"Without him, winning here would have been difficult, thanks to him for letting me sign here."

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