Motta named as deputy
Italy midfielder Thiago Motta has been designated as vice-captain by new Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery, with Brazilian Thiago Silva confirmed in his role as the teams customary leader.
Motta wore the captain's armband on Saturday night as Paris Saint-Germain completed a clean sweep in the International Champions Cup in the USA with a 4-0 beating of EPL champions Leicester and could well do so again this season after new coach Unai Emery named the elegant midfielder as the team's vice-captain for the season.
Thiago Silva was forced off in PSG's 3-1 win over Real Madrid in Columbus, Ohio last week and thus Motta - who was third in the captaincy list last season, behind Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic - stepped up, something the 34-year-old with a host of titles and years of top-level experience to his name will be looking to do more of this season as he looks to set up a transition into the coaching game once his playing days are behind him.
Motta's next chance to lead his team could come in Saturday's Trophée des Champions against Olympique Lyonnais in Klagenfurt, Austria on Saturday, August 6.