Brazilian international Thiago Silva is looking forward to facing his national teammates in the Champions League quarter-finals.
The quarter-final draw between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain could be considered a Brazilian reunion.
Both sides have an influx of Brazilians who are hoping to participate in this summer’s World Cup, and national team boss Luis Felipe Scolari will surely be awaiting the tie with much anticipation.
Amongst those in the Paris Saint-Germain squad include exciting attacking midfielder Lucas Moura, fullback Maxwell and three centre-backs – former Chelsea man Alex, Marquinhos and the highly-rated Thaigo Silva.
Thiago Silva, 29, is thought of as one of best defenders currently playing in Europe, and has been linked with a move to La Liga giants Barcelona on a number of occasions.
He currently possesses little weaknesses, and his three league goals this season prove he is more than capable of being a danger at set-pieces – something Chelsea defender David Luiz is well aware of.
When the draw was made last Friday, Premier League leaders Chelsea against Laurent Blanc’s men immediately drew attention as being arguably the tightest and most unpredictable of the four quarter-finals – and one which players from both sides will relish.
Speaking in an interview reported by Sambafoot, Thiago Silva admitted his delight at facing compatriots Ramires, Willian, David Luiz and Oscar:
“I'm happy because Chelsea has many Brazilian players.”
“I’m looking forward to it! It will be a great duel between two great clubs.”
“I hope that unlike last season we will reach the semi-finals. The quarter-finals are all difficult and we hope the second leg will not be decisive.”