Scott Minto raved about Thiago Silva for his Chelsea performance in their 1-0 defeat against Borussia Dortmund.

The Blues were beaten narrowly on Wednesday night by Dortmund during their trip to Germany, with the teams playing out a thrilling Champions League last-16 first leg.

Dortmund have a one-goal advantage to take into the second leg courtesy of Karim Adeyemi’s second-half goal. The Dortmund attacker showed his electric pace on the counter-attack to give his side a win on the night.

For Graham Potter’s side, there should be plenty of positives to take from a game they played some eye-catching football. Unfortunately, the same weakness in front of goal cost them.

Borussia Dortmund v Chelsea FC: Round of 16 Leg One - UEFA Champions League
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Thiago Silva is timeless

TalkSPORT pundit Scott Minto believes that Chelsea’s veteran defender was a real standout performer in Germany.

“I think Thiago Silva can play until he’s 50 never mind his 40s. He’s too cool for school,” he told talkSPORT during the match coverage.

Silva, who captained the visitors this evening, was a rock at the heart of defence.

The 38-year-old centre-back showed the same kind of composure and authority which has made him such a vital player for the club.

He had a new partner tonight next to him in Kalidou Koulibaly, with the combination working out quite effectively. The entire team were just undone by lightning fast pace on the counter, though.

Borussia Dortmund v Chelsea - UEFA Champions League
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Next, Chelsea return to action this Saturday afternoon with a home game against Southampton in the Premier League.

The Blues currently sit 10 points off the pace in the top-four race this season due to some indifferent league form. Therefore, the best route back into next year’s Champions League could be to win the competition itself this time around.

It’s going to take a huge performance on 7 March to turn things around in the second leg against Dortmund.

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