Thiago Silva revelled in Chelsea’s Champions League success on Saturday night while claiming that he was always unfairly made the scapegoat for his former club Paris Saint-Germain.

Chelsea lifted the European Cup for the second time in their history after beating Manchester City 1-0 in an all-English final at Estadio do Dragao, thanks to a first-half strike from Kai Havertz.

Silva exorcised the demons of PSG’s final defeat to Bayern Munich last season in the process, despite limping off injured before the interval, and took the opportunity to vent his frustrations at his former club after the match.

“It’s incredible. It’s the most important moment of my career. It’s unforgettable,” the Blues centre-back told RMC Sport. “I am really very happy. To have this cup is huge. My injury? A lot of things have happened in my head.

“Getting out of the game very early was difficult for me. But at this level, we cannot be at 70 per cent. But I’m happy because the team stayed calm and defended well.

“We suffered, but we did it well. In the end, we are rewarded for everything we have done. It’s special for me, especially considering the pressure we had in Paris to win it.

“Whenever Paris was eliminated, people wanted to find a culprit and it was me all the time. It’s too bad.

“I hope Paris will win it in the future, because I left a lot of friends there. And I will always stay red and blue.”