A brilliant clearance from the 37-year-old was backed up by goals and the movement of Reece James and N’Golo Kanté

With 28 minutes gone and Chelsea deservedly a goal to the good on a thrilling evening at Stamford Bridge, Thiago Silva could be seen racing back towards the Matthew Harding Stand, his eyes fixed on the ball as he prepared to pull off a piece of defending that would have left most men of his age vowing never to try anything so ridiculous again.

It should not have been possible. For once Chelsea’s imperious defence had been caught out. Alvaro Morata must have thought he was about to silence the taunts from the home fans after reaching Manuel Locatelli’s pass a split second before Edouard Mendy, who was powerless to stop the Juventus forward lifting the ball over his desperate lunge.

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