‘Terrible headache’: Chelsea’s Thiago Silva reveals impact Premier League style is having on him

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Silva impressing

Thiago Silva joined Chelsea over the summer on a free transfer after his PSG contract had expired.

And whilst the big-money additions of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner largely grabbed the headlines over recent months, a case could certainly be made that Silva was as important a signing, if not more so, than the Germans.

The reason for this being that the Blues, under Frank Lampard, had previously been pretty frail at the back.

Since Silva has come in, though, that has completely changed.

Yes, he did make a mistake on his Premier League debut when Chelsea shipped three vs West Brom.

But since then, Silva has featured six times across all competitions for the Londoners, in which they have conceded just one goal.

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 07: Thiago Silva of Chelsea celebrates with teammate Ben Chilwell after scoring his team’s third goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge on November 07, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Silva suffering from headache

Obviously, Silva can’t take all the credit, with the arrivals of Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy also key to Chelsea’s recent defensive solidity.

But it does seem to be Silva’s presence which has affected Chelsea’s backline the most this term.

However, though Silva’s displays have been excellent of late, the stopper does look to be feeling the impact of the all-action style of the Premier League.

Speaking recently, Silva confirmed that he has had a terrible headache following Chelsea’s last two games due to the constant aerial duels and high-paced style of play:

“After my last two games, I’ve had a terrible headache because there are non-stop aerial duels and a very high pace of play.”

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Leicester City FC 8 9 18
2 Tottenham Hotspur FC 8 10 17
3 Liverpool FC 8 2 17
4 Southampton FC 8 4 16
5 Chelsea FC 8 10 15
6 Aston Villa FC 7 9 15
7 Everton FC 8 2 13
8 Crystal Palace FC 8 0 13
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 8 -1 13
10 Manchester City FC 7 1 12
11 Arsenal FC 8 -1 12
12 West Ham United FC 8 4 11
13 Newcastle United FC 8 -3 11
14 Manchester United FC 7 -2 10
15 Leeds United 8 -3 10
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 8 -3 6
17 Fulham FC 8 -8 4
18 West Bromwich Albion 8 -11 3
19 Burnley FC 7 -9 2
20 Sheffield United FC 8 -10 1
Player Team Goals
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 8
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 8
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 8
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 8
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 7
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 7
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 6
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 6
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 5
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 5
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 5
Grealish, Jack Aston Villa FC 4
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 4
Werner, Timo Chelsea FC 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion FC 4
Jimenez, Raul Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 4
Rodriguez, James Everton FC 3
Jorginho Chelsea FC 3
Adams, Che Southampton FC 3
Ward-Prowse, James Southampton FC 3



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