Thiago Silva revealed that the development during his early career helped him in his defensive capabilities. The Chelsea defender was an important asset to Thomas Tuchel as the Blues secured a top four finish, and won the Champions League.
Having arrived on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain, Thiago Silva quickly established himself as a leader at Chelsea and improved the club’s defensive record significantly. Despite being sidelined for a few weeks due to injuries, the Brazilian was a stalwart in Chelsea’s defence as they shipped just two goals on their way to Champions League victory against Manchester City.
Silva, who is currently on international duty with Brazil, is named ‘The Monster’ in his country for his impeccable defensive skills. However, the defender revealed the experience during his days at Fluminense helped him develop the required skills. He added “A 22-year-old player, especially a defender, is at the beginning of their career.”
“Of course that’s true for a forward as well, but a forward is able to play professionally when they are 17 or 18 years old. For a defender, that’s a bit more difficult, you have to have more experience, the responsibility is much higher.”
“Forwards have less responsibility. They can do things using intuition. At the back, things are a bit more serious, in terms of positioning. I think that the 22-year-old Thiago was a guy who was willing to learn. Even though he had a good season with Fluminense, he still had a lot to learn.”
“And the best thing is that I was prepared to learn, that’s what I consider the best thing. There’s no use in knowing that you need to learn if you lack the patience and the comprehension of things, because that doesn’t work.“
Speaking about his nickname – ‘O Monstro’, he said “Firstly, it was because of the good performances I’d put in, and due to the confidence that not only I, but all of the defence was giving to our goalkeeper.”
“Actually, it was not the fans who came up with that nickname, it was the goalkeeper, Fernando Henrique [dos Anjos]. He was the one who came up with that nickname after a move from the opposition in which I made a good recovery and was able to prevent them from scoring.”
“Then, he looked at me and said ‘Nice one, Monster!’ Then the fans heard that through the microphones behind the goal and started calling me Monstro.”
Source: Chelsea FC