Former Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva has adjusted well to his new run with Chelsea FC. The Brazilian defender has emerged as a reliable starter for the club and is even coming off of a strong UEFA Champions League performance against an old Ligue 1 rival of his in Stade Rennais.
Following the contest against Rennes, Silva spoke about PSG’s state as of late. For one, manager Thomas Tuchel has been facing mounting pressure this season to turn the tide due to the slow starts in Champions League and Ligue 1 play this season. Silva (via RMC Sport) recognizes that Tuchel has had a difficult time this season but still backs his former manager.
“Sometimes things happen in Paris that we don’t understand,” Silva said. “It’s unfortunate for the coach, whom I’m very close to. I keep sending him messages sometimes because he’s an amazing guy but he’s not having a good time. I think they’re going to qualify because they’re a very good team with very responsible players.”
Silva happened to catch with what transpired during PSG’s loss against RB Leipzig. It was a disappointing performance for the club but Silva is confident that the team will pick up a much-needed win in the return contest.
“Frankly, I don’t understand,” Silva said. “Sometimes things like that happen with injured or suspended players before the Champions League. Today they take two expulsions with a penalty stopped from Angel [Di Maria]. It’s football, that’s how it is, you have to keep your head up. Personally, I will always remain a supporter of Paris.
“It’s a team that works very well. It was difficult to leave. They will continue to work to qualify for the round of 16. When you reach the final of the Champions League, you cannot go out in the phase of groups the following year. I think of the boys and I think they will have a good game at the Parc and take the three points to be quieter.”
A win in the return fixture against Leipzig is needed for PSG in order to continue its run to clinching a spot in the knockout stage of the competition.
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