FA Cup and the Thiagos: What Chelsea has joined together

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23: Thiago Silva of Chelsea applauds the fans at the end of the UEFA Champions League group H match between Chelsea FC and Juventus at Stamford Bridge on November 23, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Thiago Silva has revealed his wife was left upset when Wembley staff prevented her from wearing a Chelsea shirt with his name on during this season’s Carabao Cup final.

Silva and Chelsea are heading back to Wembley this weekend for the FA Cup final, where they will again lock horns with Liverpool after suffering a penalty-shootout defeat against Jurgen Klopp’s men in the previous domestic showpiece.

The Brazilian defender will be hoping to avenge that loss and claim the trophy, and his wife’s attire could prove a lucky charm for him on the day.

In February’s Carabao Cup final, Silva says his wife Belle was told by staff at Wembley that she was not allowed to wear a Chelsea shirt in their VIP zone.

And given she wears a jersey with her husband’s name on the back for all of his cup finals, Belle’s change of outfit may well have been a bad omen on the day.

This time around, Silva is hoping she will not encounter a similar issue.

He told The Telegraph: ‘It wasn’t that she didn’t want to wear the shirt, it was because when she was getting her pass to get into the VIP zone, and they weren’t allowing family members to wear club colours. She was upset because she wasn’t able to wear it, but she wanted to.

‘She always wears my shirt, above all for finals. She wore it in the Champions League final and other competitions, the Club World Cup and things like that, so hopefully there will be no problem this time and no kind of rules on what they can and can’t wear. It just shows and football is about passion. Hopefully she will be able to wear the shirt and it will bring us luck.’

Chelsea are set to line up in their third consecutive FA Cup final on Saturday, but they will be desperate to avoid a third successive defeat.

Frank Lampard’s Blues were beaten by Arsenal in 2020, before current boss Thomas Tuchel suffered defeat against Leicester last year.

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