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How crucial could the signing of Thiago Silva be for Chelsea?

Brazil Centre Back Thiago Silva has officially joined Frank Lampard’s Chelsea on a one-year deal with a further option of 12 months.

The 35-year old follows the likes of Timo Werner, Hakin Zieych and Leicester’s Ben Chilwell to Stanford Bridge in what is proving to be a hugely successful transfer window for the Blues.

Following Champions League final disappointment for the Ligue 1 Champions, Paris Saint Germain, club captain Thiago Silva looks to have played his last game for the French side after his contract has expired and the Brazilian international is subsequently available on a free transfer.

Speaking following PSG’s 1-0 defeat to the German Champions Bayern Munich Silva said:

“It was my last game in Paris. I thank all for the fans for their love.  I will return to Paris and this club that I love in another role.”

Chelsea Manager Frank Lampard is believed to be a keen admirer of the centre back He has also spoken of the need to add someone who is more vocal at the back and Silva would certainly fit the criteria.

It is clear now that Lampard wants to add to his back line that shipped 79 goals across all competitions last season.  The West London side also conceded 54 league goals, which was more than any other top half side.

This is a record that will need to be improved upon if the Blues have designs on challenging the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League crown.

Despite Silva’s advancing age of 35, he will still add some much needed experience and leadership to Lampard’s defence.

Indeed, more experienced players such as German international Antonio Rudiger, who has struggled for both form and fitness during the last campaign.

Silva began his career in Brazil before spending a bit of time with the Porto B side for a year, from 2004-2005.  From their he moved to Russian club Dynamo Moscow for the 2005-06 season before spending a further three years back in Brazil with Fluminense (2006-09).

It was 2009 where Silva secured his big move to Italian giants, AC Milan where he spent three years at the Milan based club. In that time he managed to win the Serie A title in 2011 with the likes of Kaka and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the side.

From there, the Brazilian international moved to Paris in 2012, where he has gone on to win a further seven league titles, five French Cups and six French League Cups.

Silva has also earned 89 caps for Brazil, making his debut in 2008 and has recently won the 2019 Copa America.

This clearly demonstrates that Silva has that winning mentally and he certainly could provide Lampard’s side with the organisational skills that could help the Blues achieve further success.

Silva’s main strength is his passing accuracy, which was a staggering 95.45%, the highest in the Ligue 1 2019/20 season.

In the Champions League final, meanwhile, despite being on the losing side this was also clearly demonstrated having completed more passes (38) and having more touches (57) than any other teammate.  He was also successful at keeping one of Europe’s form strikers, Robert Lewandowski, quiet.

The big draw back with this signing, however, will clearly be Silva’s age and whether he has the ability to adjust to the physical demands of the Premier League week in and week out.

Overall, however, this potential signing for Chelsea has a relatively low element of risk due to it being a free transfer and it only being a one-year deal, if nothing else he could help aid the development of the Blue’s youngsters.

AC Milan 2-0 AS Roma: Giallorossi fade to defeat at the San Siro

AS Roma’s Champion’s League hopes took a huge hit as they lost 2-0 to an impressive AC Milan side.

Roma were the better team during the first half but both sides only produced one clear chance each. The second half, however, was one-way traffic with Milan looking by far the better side.

They eventually got their breakthrough in the 75th minute through Ante Rebic, and Hakan Calhanoglu doubled the Rossoneri’s lead in the 90th minute from the spot.

The first big chance came after 20 minutes, when Eden Dzeko flashed a header wide from six yards out. It was exactly the sort of chance the Romanisti have become accustomed to seeing him bury.

Milan’s best chance fell to Calhanoglu after 38 minutes. Samu Castillejo floated a cross in but the Turkish international headed over the bar at the far post.

Milan finally took the lead with 15 minutes to go through Rebic. A scissor kick from Frank Kessie was saved by Mirante. Rebic hit the rebound but it struck Mirante and bounced off the post straight back to the Croatian, who then lashed it into the roof of the net at the second time of asking.

The goal was no more than Milan deserved, having penned Roma into their own half for most of the second half. Roma struggled to create any clear chances in the second half, but Milan looked slick and energetic.

Roma’s attempts to salvage something from the game were dashed when Chris Smalling tripped Theo Hernandez in the box. It was unfortunate for Smalling, who had been very solid once again at the back for Roma. It was that sort of lapse in concentration that resulted in him losing his place in the Manchester United side last season.

Calhanoglu decisively dispatched the penalty into the top left corner and gave Milan some breathing space for the five minutes of added time. Roma failed to threaten a comeback in stoppage time.

The result means that Paolo Fonseca’s Roma may well have blown their chance of securing Champion’s League football for next season. They’re now six points behind Atalanta in fourth, who have played a game less. Their game in hand is away at Udinese on Sunday evening.

For Milan, the result means they’ve clawed themselves to 42 points, level with Napoli who occupy sixth position. Napoli are at home to SPAL on Sunday evening however, so Milan may find themselves three points behind again.

It’s SPAL who Milan face next. They’ll be travelling to Emilia-Romagna for that game on the 1st July. Roma will look to bounce back a day later at the Stadio Olympico, where they host Udinese.

Juventus Reach the Coppa Italia Final Despite Ronaldo Penalty Miss

Italian football returned as an underwhelming Juventus side edged into the Coppa Italia final with a 0-0 draw against an AC Milan side who played with 10 men for 75 minutes.

The aggregate score was 1-1, but the away goal that Juve picked up at the San Siro before the extended break due to Covid 19 was enough to see them through. The most notable acts of the game were a missed penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo and a red card for Ante Rebic.

Juve made a very high tempo start to the game, with Douglas Costa flashing a shot just wide of the post in the first minute. Bedlam, however, unfolded 15 minutes later.  Juve were given a penalty following a VAR check for a very soft handball by right back Andrea Conti. Ronaldo stepped up and drilled the penalty into the base of the left-hand post.

Only six seconds later, however, Rebic was sent off after he lunged with his studs showing at head height, and Danilo was very lucky to get away unscathed. Referee Daniele Orsato initially brandished a yellow card, but immediately changed his mind and gave the Croatian his marching orders. The challenge was reminiscent of a Zlatan Ibrahimovic kung-fu-style finish. The Swede missed this fixture through injury.

That meant Milan had to score without reply to reach the final in Rome. The stage looked set for the Bianconeri, who have won the Coppa Italia 13 times, to flex their muscles and put Milan to the sword. Instead, they looked extremely passive, and failed to create many clear-cut chances at all.

Milan were very impressive considering their numerical disadvantage. They defended resolutely, with Simon Kjaer standing out at centre back as a key performer. They lacked the cutting edge going forward though. There was a host of long-range shots, giving the impression that the forwards were trying to win corners via deflections. It was from a corner that the Rossoneri came closest to snatching victory. Kjaer flashed a header just wide of the near post after 78 minutes, and his facial expression suggested he should have scored.

Another impressive performer for Milan was Franck Kessie, who was very busy in the midfield and kept Miralem Pjanic out the game completely. Interestingly, Pjanic was moved out to the right of the midfield three, with Rodrigo Bentancur taking his place in the middle. This may be significant considering how often the Bosnian midfielder is being linked with a move away from Turin.

One major disappointment for Milan is that the winners of the Coppa Italia achieves a place in the group stage of next season’s Europa League. While they are in 7th position in Serie A, European qualification is certainly not guaranteed for Stefano Pioli’s men.

Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus will play either Napoli or Inter Milan in the final, which takes place on the 17th June. The second leg of that tie takes place on Saturday at 20:00 BST. Napoli took a valuable 1-0 win at the San Siro in the first leg and will be looking to seal the deal at the San Paolo.

Is this former international striker set to take over at the Kassam Stadium

Oxford United are still on the look out for a new manager eleven days after Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth took control of the club. Plenty of high profile names including the likes of Craig Bellamy and Steve McClaren have been linked with the post but as of yet nobody is in the hotseat, but is this about to change…

The Sun reported yesterday that the club were in talks with former Dutch international Patrick Kluivert to take the helm at the Kassam Stadium. Kluivert recently had a post with Paris St-Germain as Director of Football, and has previously held assistant manager positions with the likes of Az Alkmaar, NEC and also the Dutch national side.

Kluivert would bring a wealth of experience with him, having played at the highest level for the likes of Ajax, AC Milan and FC Barcelona and could attract some big names to the Kassam Stadium should he take charge of the League One outfit.

From this it is clear to see that new Oxford owner wants to put a high profile name in charge of the club and this will in turn give The U’s every chance of getting out of League One and into the Championship.

Oxford United fans would you like to see Patrick Kluivert as your new manager? Let us know in the comments section…