Thiago Silva is 36-year-old and football fans all over the world are looking forward to seeing how he would survive in the Premier League which is regarded as the toughest and fastest league in the world.
The Brazilian center-back joined Chelsea this summer on a free transfer and he is expected to help the Premier League club win titles and finish well on the league table this season. But critics are wondering whether the football veteran who spent the last 8 years of his football career at Paris Saint Germain can keep up with the pace in the league.
Age is just a number for Thiago Silva
As expected, Thiago Silva wants the world to know that age is just a number and that he is ready to go all the way for Chelsea in the Premier League, and in other competitions, Frank Lampard, the manager of the club will deem him fit for.
Though he has been at the club from the beginning of the 2020-2021 season, he has never been fit enough to make his debut for Chelsea. However, he has been penciled down for Chelsea’s EFL Cup against Barnsley today, September 23. The Carabao Cup third-round tie will be used to test whether the former PSG captain still has it in him.
If he is able to give a good account of himself in Wednesday’s tie, Frank Lampard will be tempted to bring him in when the club visits West Brom on September 26 for their third Premier League match of the season.
“Age is just a number on your document,” Thiago Silva said. “I don’t worry [about the pace of the Premier League] at all.
“Physically, I feel very young and I’m very well prepared for this. People who know me know how much I love my work; how I put in 200%. This is a great opportunity that Chelsea and Frank Lampard have given me and I don’t want to let them down …
“I’m coming here as an older player so I see that as Chelsea and Frank Lampard wanting a player with my experience.
“I’ll use the words of how [Everton boss] Carlo Ancelotti described [new signing] James Rodriguez: ‘If you want someone to run we could sign Usain Bolt.’ I hope to help these young players with this new adventure.”
Before Thiago Silva left Paris Saint Germain where he had the best of his football career, the center-back scored 17 goals and provided 5 assists in 315 appearances. He helped PSG to win seven Ligue 1 titles and other domestic honors. His last match for PSG came on August 23, 2020, when the French club played their first UEFA Champions League final. They lost the title to German Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich.