Chelsea defender Thiago Silva has opened up about his ‘exhausting’ first season at Stamford Bridge but insisted the team is ready for the upcoming decisive fixtures.

The 36-year-old arrived at the club in the summer and has become such a influential figure in the team since.

While Frank Lampard and his successor Thomas Tuchel have been very cautious in managing the centre-back’s workload, Silva has still been involved quite a lot this season.

Despite the two-month absence due to a muscle injury back from February until April, Silva might make his 30th Chelsea appearance this season against Arsenal on Wednesday evening.

Silva admitted that he has had to adapt to the gruelling season in the Premier League.

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“It’s exhausting that every three days you have to perform great and play to such a high standard,” the Brazil international told Chelsea’s official website.

“The intensity in the Premier League is really high so it always takes a lot out of you but we’re trying to adapt to the situation the pandemic has brought.

“Now we have the derby against Arsenal, then it’s the FA Cup final against Leicester, then another game against them in the league.

“It’s like two Champions League games every week, but I think our team is more than ready for these games.”

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Andreas Christensen has been Thomas Tuchel’s go-to player for the middle of the back three when Silva is not available, and even the Denmark international is now out due to a tendon injury.

Tuchel still has Kurt Zouma, of course, and has reportedly promoted an academy defender to the first team for the rest of the season. But Silva will still be expected to start in the big games, including the upcoming FA Cup final and the Champions League final.

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