Bayern Munich broke a number of records on their way to winning the 2019/20 Champions League title against Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday night.
Kingsley Coman scored the decisive goal of the final to make Bayern Munich the only team to win every game in a single Champions League campaign.
From a Chelsea point of view, watching Thiago Silva provided a good insight into what the reported transfer target still has to offer at the age of 35.
PSG look more than happy for the Brazilian centre-back to leave as a free agent at the end of the month and Silva is believed to favour a move to the Premier League.
Given Chelsea’s defensive issues last season, Silva could be a short-term option to solve those problems. And, as shown on Sunday night, he showed that he still has quality to offer right at the top of European football.
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Bayern had totted up countless records on their way to the final in Lisbon but no threat had been more profound than Hansi Flick’s attacking line-up. The likes of Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller and Serge Gnabry had handed Barcelona an 8-2 drubbing in the semi-final which made them favourites going into Sunday’s final.
However, PSG’s defence stood firm in the opening 45 minutes with Silva a key influence at the back. For all of Bayern’s talent, the 35-year-old captained a side that looked up to the task and limited Lewandowski to only a couple of half-chances.
Flick’s side looked to press PSG high up the pitch right from the outset with Muller, in particular, asserting pressure in the final third. Although that required a few risks when in possession, PSG played through that press far better than Barcelona had attempted earlier in the competition.
Kylian Mbappe arguably had the best chance of the first half with a clever one-two in the penalty area. His tame…