Chelsea FC will be taking on Atlético Madrid in their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie. However, one player that won’t be suiting up for The Blues is former Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva. Nonetheless, that didn’t prevent him from talking to the media.
In an interview with FourFourTwo (via Goal), the 36-year-old spoke about life in the French and English capitals. Silva touched on one of the aspects of how PSG could win everything in France, but if they crashed out in the Champions League, the season was deemed a failure.
“It’s no use doing a clean sweep of the domestic titles, as we did a few times, but being knocked out in the last 16 or the last eight of Europe,” Silva said. “It always seemed like if that happened, the whole season was sh*t – it felt over once we exited the Champions League.”
Meanwhile, Silva compared how Chelsea views the Champions League and wanting domestic success in the Premier League.
“At Chelsea, however, there’s a very different atmosphere regarding European football. The club has already managed to lift that trophy, and winning the Premier League title is also one of our priorities,” Silva said.
Perhaps the pressures of having a Champions League or bust mentality can often diminish the accomplishments in Ligue 1 that many take for granted. Nonetheless, the Qatar Sports Investment era has long viewed the Champions League as the ultimate goal and has spent millions of dollars trying to capture the trophy.
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