What Thiago Silva was spotted doing seconds before Mason Mount scored his brilliant free kick against Villa

Radio host Neil Barnett has pointed out on Twitter how Thiago Silva played a massive part in Chelsea’s second goal on Sunday against Aston Villa.

Mason Mount struck a sensational free-kick past Emi Martinez to double the Blues’ lead at Villa Park.

The goal came as much relief for supporters, who had been forced to endure waves of attacks from the home team for much of the afternoon.

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It was only Kepa Arrizabalaga’s brilliance that had denied Danny Ings and co in the opening 45 minutes, after Mount had capitalised on a Tyrone Mings error to give the visitors the lead in the opening minutes.

Mount’s brace was a continuation of his great run of form under new manager Graham Potter, where he is beginning to look like the reliable player he has for the last few years again.

However, he may need to thank the veteran Silva when it comes to his second goal.

Silva helped for Mount’s goal

The defender, from close to the halfway line, instructed Chelsea’s mini wall to move from their original location alongside the Villa wall.

Jorginho and Cesar Azpilicueta moved to in front of the wall, obstructing the goalkeeper’s view of the free-kick and therefore helping the England international put the game beyond Villa’s reach.

The tiny piece of advice is just another example of the fantastic leadership the Brazilian has shown since his move to Stamford Bridge.

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Despite being new to the club, Graham Potter has already seen the importance of the veteran defender, especially with some younger figures at the club.

The former Brighton man has already claimed that he hopes to work with Silva beyond this year, when his contract is currently set to expire.

With all the signs suggesting he and his family are enjoying London, there is no reason to suggest he will be leaving the club just yet.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released