Interview

Final thoughts

Chelsea duo Jorginho and Thiago Silva have plenty to say about this Saturday’s final against Manchester City – and each other

What moment are you most eager about when it comes to the final?

Thiago Silva: First of all, that ‘eagerness’ is part of who I am: I was born premature so I was in a bit of a hurry! But as you gain experience throughout your career you take a few precautions, because too much eagerness can influence you in the actual game. You definitely feel a bit anxious when the ref whistles to get the game underway but, from that moment onwards, you feel much more at ease.

How will playing Manchester City affect your preparations?

TS: I don’t believe it will have any bearing on our performance and I also believe it won’t have any bearing on theirs. Hopefully we’ll get a third consecutive victory over them, but we know that a final is a unique game; it’s always tough to play in one, regardless of whether you’ve played against your opponent numerous times throughout the season. A final cancels all that out; it’s a one-off. In that sense, it’s a completely different game.

What makes a Champions League final different from any other match or any other final? 

Jorginho: The greatness of this competition; every footballer dreams of playing in it one day. That’s the difference.

TS: It’s very difficult to reach a Champions League final and, as far as I’m concerned, it’s the toughest club competition in the world. Thankfully I will be playing in my second consecutive final and I hope that it ends on a different note – that’s the most important thing.

Do you remember the first Champions League final that you watched?  

TS: He is old, to be fair!

J: Hey, look who’s talking! Jesus, are you kidding me? Come on! Thirty six years really do take their toll. Alright, could you ask the question again, please? 

Of course. What was the first Champions League final that you remember watching?

J: Well, I remember a few, I don’t completely remember the whole game, but Liverpool against AC Milan [in 2005] comes to mind, such an unforgettable final. I remember Inter Milan against Bayern Munich [in 2010],with [Diego] Milito’s goals. I remember Chelsea’s [2008] final too… 

TS: See how old you are? You’re looking back at the other final, man! You’re getting old! 

J: You could have been there on the pitch; you were a player back then so what are you saying?

TS: I didn’t claim I was young.

Thiago Silva will play in consecutive finals after last year’s final with Paris (top); Jorginho and Thiago Silva in training (above)

Let’s suppose you weren’t playing in the final – who would you invite to watch the game with you?

J: Certainly not Thiago Silva, I’m sick of looking at his face every day.

TS: What was that?

J: Nothing. I enjoy watching games on my own, you know? So I can…

TS: …Yell at the other players!

J: No, so I can analyse the game. You’re the one who yells at people here. 

Who has been the toughest player you’ve played against this season? 

TS: There were a few that made life difficult but Karim Benzema is very unpredictable and has put in some incredible performances. For me, he’s one of the best strikers in the world. 

Who has been the best young player?

TS: Well, I’ve played against him a few times already this season and I’ll be facing him once again: Phil Foden. He has incredible character, which is something you don’t see in many young players – but he certainly has it. 

And finally, what has been your favourite game?

J: So far my favourite has been the second leg against Real Madrid, because of how important it was and because we accomplished our goal of reaching the final. 

TS: Favourite game this season?

It could be a game you watched; it doesn’t have to be a Chelsea game. 

TS: I would only pick a game that I played in – the others don’t matter to me!

What about the Atlético Madrid game at Stamford Bridge, the one you watched from the stands with Mason Mount and Jorginho? 

TS: In that case, I’m going to pick two games: I’m going to pick that game that I didn’t play in – that was a completely different experience for me – and the return leg of the semi-final against Real Madrid, which I played in. That was incredible. I prefer the Real Madrid game; I was in a state for the other game. 

J: That’s true.

TS: Oh my God! We really suffered, didn't we?

Do you suffer more when you have to watch?

TS: Yeah because we can't help, can we? All we can do is shout and shout and shout. You can’t tackle, all you can do is bang on the table!

What moment are you most eager about when it comes to the final?

Thiago Silva: First of all, that ‘eagerness’ is part of who I am: I was born premature so I was in a bit of a hurry! But as you gain experience throughout your career you take a few precautions, because too much eagerness can influence you in the actual game. You definitely feel a bit anxious when the ref whistles to get the game underway but, from that moment onwards, you feel much more at ease.

How will playing Manchester City affect your preparations?

TS: I don’t believe it will have any bearing on our performance and I also believe it won’t have any bearing on theirs. Hopefully we’ll get a third consecutive victory over them, but we know that a final is a unique game; it’s always tough to play in one, regardless of whether you’ve played against your opponent numerous times throughout the season. A final cancels all that out; it’s a one-off. In that sense, it’s a completely different game.

What makes a Champions League final different from any other match or any other final? 

Jorginho: The greatness of this competition; every footballer dreams of playing in it one day. That’s the difference.

TS: It’s very difficult to reach a Champions League final and, as far as I’m concerned, it’s the toughest club competition in the world. Thankfully I will be playing in my second consecutive final and I hope that it ends on a different note – that’s the most important thing.

Do you remember the first Champions League final that you watched?  

TS: He is old, to be fair!

J: Hey, look who’s talking! Jesus, are you kidding me? Come on! Thirty six years really do take their toll. Alright, could you ask the question again, please? 

Of course. What was the first Champions League final that you remember watching?

J: Well, I remember a few, I don’t completely remember the whole game, but Liverpool against AC Milan [in 2005] comes to mind, such an unforgettable final. I remember Inter Milan against Bayern Munich [in 2010],with [Diego] Milito’s goals. I remember Chelsea’s [2008] final too… 

TS: See how old you are? You’re looking back at the other final, man! You’re getting old! 

J: You could have been there on the pitch; you were a player back then so what are you saying?

TS: I didn’t claim I was young.

Thiago Silva will play in consecutive finals after last year’s final with Paris (top); Jorginho and Thiago Silva in training (above)

Let’s suppose you weren’t playing in the final – who would you invite to watch the game with you?

J: Certainly not Thiago Silva, I’m sick of looking at his face every day.

TS: What was that?

J: Nothing. I enjoy watching games on my own, you know? So I can…

TS: …Yell at the other players!

J: No, so I can analyse the game. You’re the one who yells at people here. 

Who has been the toughest player you’ve played against this season? 

TS: There were a few that made life difficult but Karim Benzema is very unpredictable and has put in some incredible performances. For me, he’s one of the best strikers in the world. 

Who has been the best young player?

TS: Well, I’ve played against him a few times already this season and I’ll be facing him once again: Phil Foden. He has incredible character, which is something you don’t see in many young players – but he certainly has it. 

And finally, what has been your favourite game?

J: So far my favourite has been the second leg against Real Madrid, because of how important it was and because we accomplished our goal of reaching the final. 

TS: Favourite game this season?

It could be a game you watched; it doesn’t have to be a Chelsea game. 

TS: I would only pick a game that I played in – the others don’t matter to me!

What about the Atlético Madrid game at Stamford Bridge, the one you watched from the stands with Mason Mount and Jorginho? 

TS: In that case, I’m going to pick two games: I’m going to pick that game that I didn’t play in – that was a completely different experience for me – and the return leg of the semi-final against Real Madrid, which I played in. That was incredible. I prefer the Real Madrid game; I was in a state for the other game. 

J: That’s true.

TS: Oh my God! We really suffered, didn't we?

Do you suffer more when you have to watch?

TS: Yeah because we can't help, can we? All we can do is shout and shout and shout. You can’t tackle, all you can do is bang on the table!

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What moment are you most eager about when it comes to the final?

Thiago Silva: First of all, that ‘eagerness’ is part of who I am: I was born premature so I was in a bit of a hurry! But as you gain experience throughout your career you take a few precautions, because too much eagerness can influence you in the actual game. You definitely feel a bit anxious when the ref whistles to get the game underway but, from that moment onwards, you feel much more at ease.

How will playing Manchester City affect your preparations?

TS: I don’t believe it will have any bearing on our performance and I also believe it won’t have any bearing on theirs. Hopefully we’ll get a third consecutive victory over them, but we know that a final is a unique game; it’s always tough to play in one, regardless of whether you’ve played against your opponent numerous times throughout the season. A final cancels all that out; it’s a one-off. In that sense, it’s a completely different game.

What makes a Champions League final different from any other match or any other final? 

Jorginho: The greatness of this competition; every footballer dreams of playing in it one day. That’s the difference.

TS: It’s very difficult to reach a Champions League final and, as far as I’m concerned, it’s the toughest club competition in the world. Thankfully I will be playing in my second consecutive final and I hope that it ends on a different note – that’s the most important thing.

Do you remember the first Champions League final that you watched?  

TS: He is old, to be fair!

J: Hey, look who’s talking! Jesus, are you kidding me? Come on! Thirty six years really do take their toll. Alright, could you ask the question again, please? 

Of course. What was the first Champions League final that you remember watching?

J: Well, I remember a few, I don’t completely remember the whole game, but Liverpool against AC Milan [in 2005] comes to mind, such an unforgettable final. I remember Inter Milan against Bayern Munich [in 2010],with [Diego] Milito’s goals. I remember Chelsea’s [2008] final too… 

TS: See how old you are? You’re looking back at the other final, man! You’re getting old! 

J: You could have been there on the pitch; you were a player back then so what are you saying?

TS: I didn’t claim I was young.

Thiago Silva will play in consecutive finals after last year’s final with Paris (top); Jorginho and Thiago Silva in training (above)

Let’s suppose you weren’t playing in the final – who would you invite to watch the game with you?

J: Certainly not Thiago Silva, I’m sick of looking at his face every day.

TS: What was that?

J: Nothing. I enjoy watching games on my own, you know? So I can…

TS: …Yell at the other players!

J: No, so I can analyse the game. You’re the one who yells at people here. 

Who has been the toughest player you’ve played against this season? 

TS: There were a few that made life difficult but Karim Benzema is very unpredictable and has put in some incredible performances. For me, he’s one of the best strikers in the world. 

Who has been the best young player?

TS: Well, I’ve played against him a few times already this season and I’ll be facing him once again: Phil Foden. He has incredible character, which is something you don’t see in many young players – but he certainly has it. 

And finally, what has been your favourite game?

J: So far my favourite has been the second leg against Real Madrid, because of how important it was and because we accomplished our goal of reaching the final. 

TS: Favourite game this season?

It could be a game you watched; it doesn’t have to be a Chelsea game. 

TS: I would only pick a game that I played in – the others don’t matter to me!

What about the Atlético Madrid game at Stamford Bridge, the one you watched from the stands with Mason Mount and Jorginho? 

TS: In that case, I’m going to pick two games: I’m going to pick that game that I didn’t play in – that was a completely different experience for me – and the return leg of the semi-final against Real Madrid, which I played in. That was incredible. I prefer the Real Madrid game; I was in a state for the other game. 

J: That’s true.

TS: Oh my God! We really suffered, didn't we?

Do you suffer more when you have to watch?

TS: Yeah because we can't help, can we? All we can do is shout and shout and shout. You can’t tackle, all you can do is bang on the table!

Final thoughts
Interview

Final thoughts

Chelsea duo Jorginho and Thiago Silva have plenty to say about this Saturday’s final against Manchester City – and each other

What moment are you most eager about when it comes to the final?

Thiago Silva: First of all, that ‘eagerness’ is part of who I am: I was born premature so I was in a bit of a hurry! But as you gain experience throughout your career you take a few precautions, because too much eagerness can influence you in the actual game. You definitely feel a bit anxious when the ref whistles to get the game underway but, from that moment onwards, you feel much more at ease.

How will playing Manchester City affect your preparations?

TS: I don’t believe it will have any bearing on our performance and I also believe it won’t have any bearing on theirs. Hopefully we’ll get a third consecutive victory over them, but we know that a final is a unique game; it’s always tough to play in one, regardless of whether you’ve played against your opponent numerous times throughout the season. A final cancels all that out; it’s a one-off. In that sense, it’s a completely different game.

What makes a Champions League final different from any other match or any other final? 

Jorginho: The greatness of this competition; every footballer dreams of playing in it one day. That’s the difference.

TS: It’s very difficult to reach a Champions League final and, as far as I’m concerned, it’s the toughest club competition in the world. Thankfully I will be playing in my second consecutive final and I hope that it ends on a different note – that’s the most important thing.

Do you remember the first Champions League final that you watched?  

TS: He is old, to be fair!

J: Hey, look who’s talking! Jesus, are you kidding me? Come on! Thirty six years really do take their toll. Alright, could you ask the question again, please? 

Of course. What was the first Champions League final that you remember watching?

J: Well, I remember a few, I don’t completely remember the whole game, but Liverpool against AC Milan [in 2005] comes to mind, such an unforgettable final. I remember Inter Milan against Bayern Munich [in 2010],with [Diego] Milito’s goals. I remember Chelsea’s [2008] final too… 

TS: See how old you are? You’re looking back at the other final, man! You’re getting old! 

J: You could have been there on the pitch; you were a player back then so what are you saying?

TS: I didn’t claim I was young.

Thiago Silva will play in consecutive finals after last year’s final with Paris (top); Jorginho and Thiago Silva in training (above)

Let’s suppose you weren’t playing in the final – who would you invite to watch the game with you?

J: Certainly not Thiago Silva, I’m sick of looking at his face every day.

TS: What was that?

J: Nothing. I enjoy watching games on my own, you know? So I can…

TS: …Yell at the other players!

J: No, so I can analyse the game. You’re the one who yells at people here. 

Who has been the toughest player you’ve played against this season? 

TS: There were a few that made life difficult but Karim Benzema is very unpredictable and has put in some incredible performances. For me, he’s one of the best strikers in the world. 

Who has been the best young player?

TS: Well, I’ve played against him a few times already this season and I’ll be facing him once again: Phil Foden. He has incredible character, which is something you don’t see in many young players – but he certainly has it. 

And finally, what has been your favourite game?

J: So far my favourite has been the second leg against Real Madrid, because of how important it was and because we accomplished our goal of reaching the final. 

TS: Favourite game this season?

It could be a game you watched; it doesn’t have to be a Chelsea game. 

TS: I would only pick a game that I played in – the others don’t matter to me!

What about the Atlético Madrid game at Stamford Bridge, the one you watched from the stands with Mason Mount and Jorginho? 

TS: In that case, I’m going to pick two games: I’m going to pick that game that I didn’t play in – that was a completely different experience for me – and the return leg of the semi-final against Real Madrid, which I played in. That was incredible. I prefer the Real Madrid game; I was in a state for the other game. 

J: That’s true.

TS: Oh my God! We really suffered, didn't we?

Do you suffer more when you have to watch?

TS: Yeah because we can't help, can we? All we can do is shout and shout and shout. You can’t tackle, all you can do is bang on the table!

Penalty Pedigree

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What moment are you most eager about when it comes to the final?

Thiago Silva: First of all, that ‘eagerness’ is part of who I am: I was born premature so I was in a bit of a hurry! But as you gain experience throughout your career you take a few precautions, because too much eagerness can influence you in the actual game. You definitely feel a bit anxious when the ref whistles to get the game underway but, from that moment onwards, you feel much more at ease.

How will playing Manchester City affect your preparations?

TS: I don’t believe it will have any bearing on our performance and I also believe it won’t have any bearing on theirs. Hopefully we’ll get a third consecutive victory over them, but we know that a final is a unique game; it’s always tough to play in one, regardless of whether you’ve played against your opponent numerous times throughout the season. A final cancels all that out; it’s a one-off. In that sense, it’s a completely different game.

What makes a Champions League final different from any other match or any other final? 

Jorginho: The greatness of this competition; every footballer dreams of playing in it one day. That’s the difference.

TS: It’s very difficult to reach a Champions League final and, as far as I’m concerned, it’s the toughest club competition in the world. Thankfully I will be playing in my second consecutive final and I hope that it ends on a different note – that’s the most important thing.

Do you remember the first Champions League final that you watched?  

TS: He is old, to be fair!

J: Hey, look who’s talking! Jesus, are you kidding me? Come on! Thirty six years really do take their toll. Alright, could you ask the question again, please? 

Of course. What was the first Champions League final that you remember watching?

J: Well, I remember a few, I don’t completely remember the whole game, but Liverpool against AC Milan [in 2005] comes to mind, such an unforgettable final. I remember Inter Milan against Bayern Munich [in 2010],with [Diego] Milito’s goals. I remember Chelsea’s [2008] final too… 

TS: See how old you are? You’re looking back at the other final, man! You’re getting old! 

J: You could have been there on the pitch; you were a player back then so what are you saying?

TS: I didn’t claim I was young.

Thiago Silva will play in consecutive finals after last year’s final with Paris (top); Jorginho and Thiago Silva in training (above)

Let’s suppose you weren’t playing in the final – who would you invite to watch the game with you?

J: Certainly not Thiago Silva, I’m sick of looking at his face every day.

TS: What was that?

J: Nothing. I enjoy watching games on my own, you know? So I can…

TS: …Yell at the other players!

J: No, so I can analyse the game. You’re the one who yells at people here. 

Who has been the toughest player you’ve played against this season? 

TS: There were a few that made life difficult but Karim Benzema is very unpredictable and has put in some incredible performances. For me, he’s one of the best strikers in the world. 

Who has been the best young player?

TS: Well, I’ve played against him a few times already this season and I’ll be facing him once again: Phil Foden. He has incredible character, which is something you don’t see in many young players – but he certainly has it. 

And finally, what has been your favourite game?

J: So far my favourite has been the second leg against Real Madrid, because of how important it was and because we accomplished our goal of reaching the final. 

TS: Favourite game this season?

It could be a game you watched; it doesn’t have to be a Chelsea game. 

TS: I would only pick a game that I played in – the others don’t matter to me!

What about the Atlético Madrid game at Stamford Bridge, the one you watched from the stands with Mason Mount and Jorginho? 

TS: In that case, I’m going to pick two games: I’m going to pick that game that I didn’t play in – that was a completely different experience for me – and the return leg of the semi-final against Real Madrid, which I played in. That was incredible. I prefer the Real Madrid game; I was in a state for the other game. 

J: That’s true.

TS: Oh my God! We really suffered, didn't we?

Do you suffer more when you have to watch?

TS: Yeah because we can't help, can we? All we can do is shout and shout and shout. You can’t tackle, all you can do is bang on the table!

Read the full story
Sign up now to get access to this and every premium feature on Champions Journal. You will also get access to member-only competitions and offers. And you get all of that completely free!

What moment are you most eager about when it comes to the final?

Thiago Silva: First of all, that ‘eagerness’ is part of who I am: I was born premature so I was in a bit of a hurry! But as you gain experience throughout your career you take a few precautions, because too much eagerness can influence you in the actual game. You definitely feel a bit anxious when the ref whistles to get the game underway but, from that moment onwards, you feel much more at ease.

How will playing Manchester City affect your preparations?

TS: I don’t believe it will have any bearing on our performance and I also believe it won’t have any bearing on theirs. Hopefully we’ll get a third consecutive victory over them, but we know that a final is a unique game; it’s always tough to play in one, regardless of whether you’ve played against your opponent numerous times throughout the season. A final cancels all that out; it’s a one-off. In that sense, it’s a completely different game.

What makes a Champions League final different from any other match or any other final? 

Jorginho: The greatness of this competition; every footballer dreams of playing in it one day. That’s the difference.

TS: It’s very difficult to reach a Champions League final and, as far as I’m concerned, it’s the toughest club competition in the world. Thankfully I will be playing in my second consecutive final and I hope that it ends on a different note – that’s the most important thing.

Do you remember the first Champions League final that you watched?  

TS: He is old, to be fair!

J: Hey, look who’s talking! Jesus, are you kidding me? Come on! Thirty six years really do take their toll. Alright, could you ask the question again, please? 

Of course. What was the first Champions League final that you remember watching?

J: Well, I remember a few, I don’t completely remember the whole game, but Liverpool against AC Milan [in 2005] comes to mind, such an unforgettable final. I remember Inter Milan against Bayern Munich [in 2010],with [Diego] Milito’s goals. I remember Chelsea’s [2008] final too… 

TS: See how old you are? You’re looking back at the other final, man! You’re getting old! 

J: You could have been there on the pitch; you were a player back then so what are you saying?

TS: I didn’t claim I was young.

Thiago Silva will play in consecutive finals after last year’s final with Paris (top); Jorginho and Thiago Silva in training (above)

Let’s suppose you weren’t playing in the final – who would you invite to watch the game with you?

J: Certainly not Thiago Silva, I’m sick of looking at his face every day.

TS: What was that?

J: Nothing. I enjoy watching games on my own, you know? So I can…

TS: …Yell at the other players!

J: No, so I can analyse the game. You’re the one who yells at people here. 

Who has been the toughest player you’ve played against this season? 

TS: There were a few that made life difficult but Karim Benzema is very unpredictable and has put in some incredible performances. For me, he’s one of the best strikers in the world. 

Who has been the best young player?

TS: Well, I’ve played against him a few times already this season and I’ll be facing him once again: Phil Foden. He has incredible character, which is something you don’t see in many young players – but he certainly has it. 

And finally, what has been your favourite game?

J: So far my favourite has been the second leg against Real Madrid, because of how important it was and because we accomplished our goal of reaching the final. 

TS: Favourite game this season?

It could be a game you watched; it doesn’t have to be a Chelsea game. 

TS: I would only pick a game that I played in – the others don’t matter to me!

What about the Atlético Madrid game at Stamford Bridge, the one you watched from the stands with Mason Mount and Jorginho? 

TS: In that case, I’m going to pick two games: I’m going to pick that game that I didn’t play in – that was a completely different experience for me – and the return leg of the semi-final against Real Madrid, which I played in. That was incredible. I prefer the Real Madrid game; I was in a state for the other game. 

J: That’s true.

TS: Oh my God! We really suffered, didn't we?

Do you suffer more when you have to watch?

TS: Yeah because we can't help, can we? All we can do is shout and shout and shout. You can’t tackle, all you can do is bang on the table!

Penalty Pedigree

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