Thiago Silva has only been at Chelsea for one season yet he is already going down a huge fan favourite after some of his Rolls Royce performances at the heart of the Blues defence.
It arguably would have been more had he not sustained a hamstring injury in the early days of Thomas Tuchel’s reign in west London when Silva suffered the problem in the 1-0 victory over Spurs.
But it can’t be denied that the 36-year-old’s move has been a tremendous success amid some doubts when he joined if his ageing body could stand up to the rigours of the Premier League. Aside from a glaring error away at West Brom in the early stages of the season, Silva hasn’t really put a foot wrong.
What Blues fans have enjoyed seeing is Silva’s dedication for the pitch and how he has bought into Chelsea as a club, one that demands success and winning but also how he has become a part of the Blues family.
He is a regular watcher of the Chelsea Women’s team and his celebrations in the East Stand at Stamford Bridge when Chelsea beat Atletico Madrid in the Champions League will go down in folklore.
He enhanced his standing with Blues fans even further on Tuesday night in front of 8000 of them in west London as tempers frayed on the touchline following a late challenge by Ricardo Pereira on former Foxes left back Ben Chilwell.
Antonio Rudiger, never one to shy away from a confrontation, had already had his say on the matter as argy bargy ensued near the dugouts before players from both benches joined the party as well.
One of those who made a move from the bench was Daniel Amartey, who is not flavour of the month with Chelsea fans after his antics following Leicester’s FA Cup win at the weekend when he threw the Chelsea club pennant exchanged by the captains before kick off over his head and onto the floor in the post-match celebrations.
Amartey was an unused substitute at Stamford Bridge but that didn’t stop Silva and also captain Cesar Azpilicueta both recognising him in his tracksuit as the Leicester midfielder tried to make his own point as tempers frayed.
Both Silva, Azpilicueta and Mason Mount immediately hounded Amartey, who was eventually taken away from the situation by a teammate but he was also booked in the aftermath by Mike Dean as the referee regained control of the matter.
It was left to Rudiger, who scored the opening goal of the game by bundling home a corner which was inadvertently headed on by Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, to have the final say on the matter.
He said post-match: “Unfortunately, some of them don’t know how to celebrate. We had to punish them, 100%,” Rudiger told Chelsea’s 5th Stand app
“Some people from them gave us a bit more motivation from Saturday. Congratulations to them, they won and everything. Celebrate and everything but don’t disrespect club history. This is a bit bigger than you.”