Thiago Silva in for awkward Chelsea reunion with Tuchel after calling ex-PSG manager's sacking 'predictable'

THIAGO SILVA could be in for an awkward encounter with Thomas Tuchel if the ex-Paris Saint-Germain boss is confirmed as Frank Lampard’s successor.

Silva was Tuchel’s captain in the French capital before his contract expired in August.

The Brazilian defender, 36, then signed for Chelsea on a free transfer.

And when Tuchel – expected to become Blues boss shortly – was sacked by PSG on Christmas Eve, Silva responded to the news by calling it ‘predictable’.

The veteran told RMC Sport last month: “It’s difficult but it was predictable that this was going to happen.

“Not now, but being inside, we knew there were situations that had to be changed.

“In my opinion, [sporting director] Leonardo took the situation in hand, he made his choice.

“We do not know if it was good, it was not at all for Tuchel and his staff. This change was not planned at this time.”

Despite his comments, Silva was a key figure in Tuchel’s PSG side and should remain in Chelsea’s XI under the German tactician.

Roman Abramovich reportedly hopes to have Tuchel installed as boss before Wednesday’s clash with Wolves.


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Tuchel’s imminent appointment comes after club legend Lampard was axed on Monday following a poor run of results in the league.

Chelsea sit ninth with just eight wins in 19 games despite looking like title contenders earlier in the season.

An unconvincing win over Championship minnows Luton in the FA Cup on Sunday was the final nail in the coffin for Lamps.

And Silva, who was lured to the Bridge by the Englishman last year, paid tribute with a touching Twitter post.

He wrote: “I would like to thank you for everything you and your committee have done for me since the day I arrived.

“As I told you, it seemed like we had been working together for ten years!  Thank you very much for everything legend.”

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