Such success represented a remarkable turnaround for Chelsea in the second half of the 2020/21 season, with Thomas Tuchel replacing club icon Lampard in January and turning an underperforming side into European champions in just 124 days all. by also securing a place in the top four of the Premier League. and appearance in the final of the FA Cup.
The Blues memorable won the European elite club competition for the second time only after a strong performance against Premier League champions Manchester City which featured a winner consisting of the record signing Kai Havertz shortly before mid -time.
The victory was particularly sweet for Silva despite the injury that forced him to a halt before the break, the veteran Brazil, like Tuchel, having experienced the heartbreak of defeat to Bayern Munich in the centerpiece of the last year in Lisbon.
And the 36-year-old is also hopeful that the man who brought him to Chelsea last summer on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain – and who also took the club in the last 16 – is just as happy with the triumph of the Champions League in Portugal. .
“Without Lampard, I wouldn’t be here,” Silva told French channel RMC Sport. “I’m very happy, and I hope he will be too. “
Silva went on to describe the victory as the defining moment in his long and illustrious career after years of feeling he was largely responsible for PSG’s far-reaching failures in Europe.
“This is the most important moment of my career. I am really very happy. We did not succeed with PSG but today I am happy. I hope that PSG will do it too, ”added Silva.
“Every time PSG were eliminated, it was my fault. Too bad. I did everything I could for the team. “