Chelsea: Jamie Redknapp reacts to Tottenham win and hails Thiago Silva

Jamie Redknapp lauded 'incredible' Thiago Silva after Chelsea beat Tottenham

Jamie Redknapp lauded ‘incredible’ Thiago Silva after Chelsea beat Tottenham (Picture: Sky Sports)

Jamie Redknapp paid tribute to ‘incredible’ Thiago Silva after the veteran defender helped Chelsea secure another victory over rivals Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.

Thomas Tuchel’s side beat Spurs twice on their way to the Carabao Cup final and inflicted another defeat on Antonio Conte’s team on Sunday.

After a goalless opening 45 minutes, Hakim Ziyech broke the deadlock with a stunning curler from the edge of the box.

Thiago Silva doubled Chelsea’s lead on 55 minutes and Spurs were unable to mount a comeback as they missed the chance to close the gap on their top-four rivals.

‘We talk about great players and great signings, what a great signing he’s been,’ Redknapp said of Silva after Chelsea’s 2-0 win.

‘There were a few people doubting him because of his age, but he has been incredible. He’s a Rolls-Royce of a player. And what a great influence he must be to the other players in that dressing room.’

Silva, 37, joined Chelsea on a free transfer in the summer of 2020 and extended his contract for a second time earlier in the month.

Silva embraces Blues boss Thomas Tuchel after the Stamford Bridge win (Picture: Getty)

Tuchel, meanwhile, praised his Chelsea team after they won their first Premier League game since December 26.

‘We were working extremely hard for it and it was a tough match,’ the German boss said.

‘The effort was outstanding and it was a deserved win. It is so hard to create chances against them but we were relentless and kept on believing.’

This was Tottenham’s first league defeat since former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte took over as manager.

Spurs are now nine points behind third-placed Chelsea although they have four games in hand.

Conte said: ‘I don’t like to lose and defeat is always difficult for me, but I think to have a nine games in a row without defeat was important.

‘In this moment, the gap with other teams like Chelsea is really an important gap and the team and the squad, the game was… I am proud for the effort.

‘We tried to do everything but sometimes it is not enough, especially against a team like this. Now there is a big difference between us and the top teams.’

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