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Thiago Silva has passed his Chelsea transfer audition

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.

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