Thiago Silva: Chelsea veteran’s epic run to deny Mo Salah goes viral

It is pretty clear that at 37 Thiago Silva is still much a valuable asset to any squad. He has proven to be a massive gain for Chelsea and a big loss for PSG.

His performance in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Liverpool proved exactly why the Blues were so keen to get him to put pen-to-paper.

Thomas Tuchel’s men ultimately failed to lift the first major trophy of the domestic season, losing out on penalties to the Reds after an absorbing 120-minute battle at Wembley Stadium.

At an age where most top professionals are already comfortably settled into retirement, Silva battled away for the entirety of the match and was one of Chelsea’s most consistent performers on the day.

Per Football Talk, Silva touched the ball on 93 occasions during the contest, winning a total of eight aerial and ground duels. He even rattled in a spot-kick during sudden-death when the match came down to penalties.

However, Silva’s most impressive contribution during the final came when making a fine goal-line clearance to deny Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah just after the hour mark.

An uncharacteristically poor ball from Blue’s shot-stopper Edouard Mendy gifted the Egyptian winger a one-on-one opportunity at the Chelsea goal.

It initially looked like Salah would give Jurgen Klopp’s men the advantage, especially when he lifted the ball over Mendy with ease.

Silva, though, was in no mood to allow that. Launching a sensational lung-busting run that covered more than half of the Wembley pitch, the Brazilian managed to beat every single one of his colleagues to the ball and eventually hooking it to safety.

You can check out Silva’s incredible defensive effort below. The desire shown here is on a different level.

By way of comparison, Silva played as many games for Chelsea in the month of February (five) as Ramos has in his entire (injury-hit) spell at PSG.

Age seems no barrier to Silva and Chelsea fans will be in no rush to see him wind down his career.

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