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Footage From Champions League Final Shows Thiago Silva Acting As Chelsea Assistant Manager

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Footage From Champions League Final Shows Thiago Silva Acting As Chelsea Assistant Manager

Thiago Silva came off injured in the Champions League final against Manchester City on Saturday night, and the centre back transformed himself into one of Thomas Tuchel's assistants.

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Silva's game was over after just 39 minutes of the game when he had to come injured, following an innocuous challenge with Phil Foden.

The Brazilian, hoping to win his first Champions League title, tried to carry on but had to be subbed off for Andreas Christensen.

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It was a sad moment for a visibly upset Silva and also left others wondering if the Blues could continue their excellent defensive display up to that point.

Footage shows that the former AC Milan defender soon got over his personal pain and started helping the team from the sidelines, shouting advice and encouragement and doing the kind of things you'd expect from an assistant.

After the match Silva, who has eight league titles in his career as well as the Copa America with Brazil, called the win the most important moment of his career.

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"This is the most important moment of my career. [This] is special, in what is my first year here," he told RMC.

"Tuchel has changed the team mentality, but it is also important to talk about Lampard. Without him I would not be here. So, thanks to him for letting me sign here. I'm very happy and I hope he is, too."

The 36-year-old joined the west London club on a free transfer last summer from PSG with a one year deal but he is set to agree to an extension to play next season.

Silva celebrates his first Champions League title. Image: PA Images
Silva celebrates his first Champions League title. Image: PA Images
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The centre back's coaching from the sidelines was reminiscent of Cristiano Ronaldo's similar antics during the Euro 2016 final.

Ronaldo went off after just 26 minutes with an injury, before being attacked by a giant moth, and went to get treatment.

He soon came back to sit on the bench and, unlike Silva, got up to join in the coaching from the technical area as he paced back and forth and shouted instructions.

Portugal went on to win the final 1-0, thanks to Eder's extra time strike, the same score Chelsea won by at the weekend.

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Experienced players shouting from the sidelines clearly helps those on the pitch!

Featured Image Credit: Chelsea TV

Topics: Manchester City, Chelsea, Football, Thiago Silva, Premier League, Champions League

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