Chelsea signed the 36-year old Brazilian on a free transfer this summer to bolster their defence. Fans and pundits had concerns if the defender could cope with Premier League’s intensity and physical demands. However, Silva has established himself as a key part of Chelsea’s defence which has seen them concede only one goal in the past six games.
Silva, who is currently on international duty with Brazil admitted it has been difficult for him to cope with the physical needs due to the congested schedule. Speaking to reporters the Brazilian said “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,’ he said while on international duty with Brazil, before lamenting the volume of games players are being forced to deal with. We have to constantly reinvent ourselves.
You lose players because of Covid-19 infections or there are others who get injured because we’re playing a lot of games. We’re not machines. We have seen recent studies showing that it is more likely that we are going to get injured after having played every three days four or five times. It is very worrying for us.”