'He told me': Aubameyang shares what Thiago Silva said to him on the pitch vs Palace just before he scored

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang has told the Chelsea website that teammate Thiago Silva told him exactly where to be before he scored against Crystal Palace at the weekend.

The former Barcelona and Arsenal forward opened his Blues account at the weekend with a fine strike to level the scores just before half-time.

The Gabon international swivelled in the box before volleying home a superb finish, with Chelsea fans relieved to see a striker finding the net with ease.

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The 33-year-old can give a big thanks to his teammates for their part in the goal, with his finish coming following Thiago Silva’s header back across the penalty area.

The Brazilian seemed to have a great understanding of the situation that was coming, with Aubameyang claiming the experienced centre-back was the man responsible for telling him where to be in order to prosper from the situation.

Aubameyang thanks Thiago Silva

He said: “Thiago told me to go inside [the defender] because he thought Reece was going to play long. So I went inside, I turned my body and I used the defender a little bit to create some space and then I managed to find the corner. It was what I like to call a ‘striker’s finish.”

Aubameyang will be hoping the strike will kick off his Chelsea career now, with him no doubt under pressure to fill the striker void for the next season or two.

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With Armando Broja also pushing for a start in the near future, he will likely be required to perform at the highest level to maintain his spot in the Chelsea squad.

This Wednesday poses the huge Champions League match against AC Milan, with the Blues needing to make up for their poor start in the competition.

Aubameyang will be hoping he is trusted with the start again, with Stamford Bridge sure to be electric for the big occasion.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.