Sport Age is just a number – Chelsea's Thiago Silva has no concerns about Premier League speed

19:41  22 september  2020
19:41  22 september  2020 Source:   goal.com

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Thiago Silva had not considered a move to England in the past. Many years ago the style of football was not the type he wanted to be involved with ‘I feel really good, age is just a number . Physically I feel very young and well prepared for this. People who know me know how much I love my work, how

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Thiago Silva insists "age is just a number" and he is not worried about adapting to the speed of Premier League football following his move to Chelsea.

Chelsea signed 36-year-old centre-back Silva on a free transfer following the expiration of his contract at Champions League finalists Paris Saint-Germain.

The Brazil international is set to make his debut in the EFL Cup third-round meeting with Barnsley on Wednesday, three days before the Blues head to West Brom in the Premier League.

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Thiago Silva has explained why he chose to join Chelsea following his departure from PSG and says he is ‘certain’ the Blues will challenge for the Premier Silva is yet to feature for Chelsea , missing their opening-day victory over Brighton and the recent defeat to Premier League champions Liverpool.

Although Thiago Silva has yet to make his Chelsea debut following his arrival from Paris Saint-Germain last month, the Brazilian has been acclimatising to life at Cobham and is clearly eager to get started. Following a period of rest after his involvement in the Champions League final, the defender

Silva is not concerned about being shown up in England's top flight, referring to Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti's statement that he would have signed Usain Bolt over James Rodriguez if he wanted a sprinter.

"I don't worry at all because I know where I want to get to. I really have high hopes about this young team," said Silva on his birthday on Tuesday.

"Physically, I feel really good – age is just a number on your documentation. Physically, I feel very young and I've been preparing my whole life.

"People who know me know I put 200 per cent into my work and this is a great opportunity that Chelsea and Lampard have given me and I really don't want to let them down.

"I never saw myself in the Premier League before, because I thought it was too difficult style of football. I didn't have any desire to play in the Premier League because my impression of the football played was of long balls, high balls and long shots.

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"I couldn't really see myself playing in this league but over time I saw that it developed tremendously, there's a lot more technical quality. A lot of teams play with the ball on the ground, with the full-backs attacking in the area and every team has their own idea and strengths but I previously saw it characterised by long balls and that didn't appeal to me.

"I know how to play that way, but my preference is to play with the ball on the ground. I know my quality, little-by-little, the Premier League football really won me over. Anyone who knows me, knows that.

"At 36, I am arriving to play in one of the best championships in the world. This is usually a league of young players but I am coming here as an older player and I see it as because Frank Lampard and Chelsea want a player of my experience.

"If someone wants a runner, then I refer to the words that Carlo Ancelotti used for James: 'If you want someone to run, they can sign Usain Bolt'.

"With my experience and the young players here, I hope to help them in this new adventure."

West Brom 3-3 Chelsea RATINGS: Thiago Silva will have better days .
Chelsea mounted a comeback to earn a point at West Brom but endured a poor day defensively. NICK CALLOW has given his verdict on each player's performance from the Hawthorns.Callum Robinson struck twice to stun the new-look visitors, and Kyle Bartley finished with aplomb at the far post to plunge Chelsea ever closer to a shock defeat at the Hawthorns.

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