Chelsea legend John Terry was full of praise for Thiago Silva whom he would have loved to play alongside.
Throughout his Chelsea career, Terry was part of several title-winning defensive partnerships with the likes of Ricardo Carvalho, David Luiz, and Gary Cahill.
His partnership with Carvalho, in particular, played a crucial role in Chelsea’s famous 2004/05 title-winning campaign, in which they only conceded 15 goals the whole season.
Terry was the more physically imposing defender, while Carvalho swept anything that got past his partner.
In the current Chelsea team, Silva is the one who often plays the Carvalho role. His presence gives the other Chelsea defenders the freedom to defend more aggressively, especially Antonio Rudiger.
It is hardly a surprise that Terry wishes he had the opportunity to play with Silva.
“Absolutely love him,” the former Blues captain responded to a fan question about Silva on Twitter.
“Would have loved to have played alongside him.
“[He] does everything so simple but so well. Proper defender.”
Silva a much-needed role model for Chelsea defenders, says Terry
This is not the first time that Terry expressed his admiration for Silva.
In an interview last year, Terry also highlighted how important it was for the young Chelsea defenders to have a role model to look up to.
“It’s so good to have him in and around the football club,” Terry told Sports Gazette.
“Because the likes of Kurt [Zouma], Fikayo [Tomori], Andreas [Christensen]– to have that kind of experienced player, to see what Thiago’s done in the game, to learn from him on a daily basis.
“When I first came through, I had [Marcel] Desailly to guide me through and talk to me – just that communication level is going to serve them so well.”
Zouma and Tomori have since joined West Ham and AC Milan, respectively, but Chelsea still have the likes of Trevoh Chalobah and Malang Sarr who can learn from the former Paris Saint-Germain star.