Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva is so focused on beating Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-finals that he threw a tantrum during their weekend win over Nice, according to reports in France.
French newspaper Le 10 Sport claims that the desire to beat Jose Mourinho’s Blues and progress to the semi-finals of Europe’s elite competition is weighing heavily on Silva’s mind, and is causing him to act differently in the build up to tonight’s game. Publication RMC described how Silva challenged the spirit of his team-mates as PSG won 1-0 over Ligue 1 rivals Nice last Friday, but seemed angry and aggressive.
Eyewitnesses then went on to claim that Silva’s usually calm persona has taken on an unprecedented air of unpredictability ahead of tonight’s fixture, as the Brazilian defender wants to ensure that his side do not suffer a repeat of last season when they were dumped out of the competition by Barcelona at the same stage.
According to quotes from RMC: “His eyes were black because he wants to ensure his teammates are 1000% [ready] before the match against Chelsea.”
Following Chelsea’s shock loss to Crystal Palace at the weekend Laurent Blanc’s men will have been boosted by the knowledge that Mourinho’s side are far from perfect. Whether or not the likes of Silva and co. can rise the occasion however remains to be seen.