Since his tears with Brazil at the 2014 World Cup, Thiago Silva has been given the label of a player unable to withstand the pressure during major meetings. But is the most capped captain in the history of PSG this man?
It all started from Belo Horizonte. This June 28, 2014, Brazil faces Chile in the round of 16 of “his” World Cup. Facing La Rojita, Luiz Felipe Scolari’s troop suffers martyrdom. After regulation time and extra time, the score is still zero (1-1) and we will have to go through a dramatic shootout. But before it even gets there, the pressure cracks Thiago silva and here is the captain of the Seleçao who begins to cry bitterly. Stupor in the stands, but Brazil nonetheless snatches its qualification (1-1, tab 3-2). In the next round, against Colombia, Thiago Silva scored furiously from the 7th minute and participated in the success of his family, not without shedding tears again. From then on, the image of “O Monstro” becomes cloudy and embellished. Would the one everyone thought was the strongest and strongest active defender actually crumbly and brittle like crystal?
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In Paris, the defector ofAC Milan (he joined the PSG in 2012, at the same time as his teammate at the Rossoneri, Zlatan Ibrahimovic), does not seem to experience the same emotional problems. Until the dramatic March 8, 2017 and this match entered into legend under the name of “Remountada”. The concern for Thiago Silva is that this famous comeback is carried out by FC Barcelona, opponents of Paris Saint-Germain during this round of 16 second leg of the LoC. Tossed, overwhelmed, almost dazed, the Brazilian rock crumbles at the same time as the Parisian edifice. Result, a 6-1 defeat and a pitiful exit from the competition. From then on, the performance of the native of Rio de Janeiro will never be really the same in important matches for PSG.
Often too light against the opposing talent
This will be the case in March 2019, during the improbable victory of a B ‘team of Manchester United at the Parc de Princes (1-3), after the Parisians won at Old Trafford (0-2). Overwhelmed from the second minute of this round of return from the round of 16 of LoC, Thiago Silva left Romelu Lukaku to launch the Mancuniens on the road of a resounding (as much as unexpected) victory. Finally this year, still in the Champions League, the Brazilian was eaten by the nugget Erling Haaland during the defeat, ultimately without consequence, in Dortmund (2-1). A final performance that will probably have weighed in the decision of the Parisian leaders not to extend the 35-year-old player, whose contract expires in a few weeks.
But despite this observation, we must not forget that, if Thiago Silva has sometimes shown his limits, he has also largely contributed to the success of the teams for which he played. We must, for example, remember the XXL performance of the Parisian captain during the 8th LdC which opposed PSG to Chelsea. After a 1-1 draw at the Park, Paris went to snatch a 2-2 after extra time at Stamford Bridge, which is more outnumbered, with a final decisive goal, signed O Monstro. More recently, the European matches played against Liverpool (2-1, during the 2018 group stage) or even against Belgrade, allowed observers to see that the reputation of “the best defender in the world” which was long that of Thiago Silva, was not usurped. Far from there.
Another opportunity to shine
Extended two more months in June 2020 to allow him to help Paris Saint-Germain in their quest to obtain the “cup with big ears”, the veteran Auriverde will still have the opportunity to show that he remains at the level . And in the event of a performance of very high caliber, first against Atalanta Bergamo on August 12, then against the following opponents in the event of a Parisian victory, which says that Leonardo and others will not decide to keep their Brazilian rock?
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