What Thiago Silva did after Carabao Cup victory against Tottenham that Chelsea fans will love
An Antonio Rudiger header helped Chelsea seal their place in the final of the Carabao Cup, completing a 3-0 aggregate win over Tottenham in the semi-final.
The only goal of the game arrived after just 18 minutes, all but killing off the tie with Thomas Tuchel's men already two goals to the good following the first-leg at Stamford Bridge.
Andre Marriner twice awarded Spurs penalties only for VAR to intervene on both occasions while Harry Kane also had a goal ruled out for offside.
Either Arsenal or Liverpool will come up against Chelsea in what is Tuchel's third successive final in major tournaments since arriving just under a year ago.
A back-four was employed by Tuchel, a significant change from his preferred 3-5-2 formation, but Andreas Christensen and Rudiger formed a solid duo and helped the Blues to another cleansheet.
Towards the end of the clash, Chelsea flexed their squad depth bringing Hakim Ziyech, N'Golo Kante, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Marcos Alonso and Thiago Silva off the bench.
None of whom had much to do in the closing stages but the latter was able to soak up plenty of acclaim from the travelling fans at full time.
As the remaining supporters sang his name, the Brazilian applauded before bowing to his increasingly admiring supporters in a worshipping motion.
Silva recently signed a one-year extension to his Chelsea deal that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2022-23 campaign.
After the deal was struck, Tuchel piled praise on the 37-year-old and hinted that he is getting even better the older he gets.
“He is the Benjamin Button of football,” the boss said. “I know how much work, how much professional attitude is behind that.
“It is a miracle in a way because with this league, this schedule, this intensity of a daily business at the very end of his career, it was a very brave decision for him but I know how much effort he puts in to stay fit.
“Off the pitch, taking care of his recovery, sleep, nutrition, this is simply outstanding and only because of that it is possible.”