Thiago Silva has explained how he turned the corner at Chelsea after making an uncharacteristic error in his debut for the club.
The 36-year-old endured a forgettable Chelsea debut in the 3-3 draw with West Brom back in September.
His heavy touch led to the Baggies’ second goal as Chelsea conceded three in just half an hour.
Such a costly error would have affected any player, let alone an experienced centre-back on his debut.
Fortunately for Chelsea, that mistake has also pushed Silva to work harder and now become one of their best players this season.
“Choosing to move to a stronger league at the age of 36 is fearful to me,” the Brazil international told UEFA Champions League Magazine.
“People will focus a lot on your age and question if it is going to work out.
“I had butterflies in my stomach, I made a mistake in my first game that you wouldn’t normally expect from me.
“From that day, I started studying the opposition forwards; how they press the defenders and what could I do to be faster.”
Silva is well-known for his professionalism, but what he has done is perhaps beyond that.
His mentality alone arguably makes him worth keeping around the squad given the number of young Chelsea talents who can learn from him.
It is not a surprise that an earlier report suggests that Chelsea are set to open contract talks with Silva and his representatives — he has been an asset on and off the pitch.