Chelsea defender Thiago Silva believes it is going to be easier to find connections with “top-level” defensive partners in Kalidou Koulibaly and Wesley Fofana.

The Blues sit 10th in the Premier League table, having collected just seven points from the first five games of the season.

Their poor defensive record — one clean sheet in these five games — obviously played a big part as they have conceded eight goals so far.

As a response, Chelsea have invested in two top centre-backs in the summer transfer window, and Silva is looking forward to playing alongside these new signings.

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“Fofana and Koulibaly are important players with a high level,” the Brazil international said about his new teammates (via Chelsea’s official website).

“They can add a lot of stability in our defence, because we didn’t start well, we lost many goals. They can help us.

“We’ve never played together before, and maybe today will be the first time, I don’t know.

“But when you play with players of a top-level, it’s easier to find cooperation and good results.”

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The former Paris Saint-Germain captain also highlighted how it will take some time for Chelsea’s new defensive line to find their rhythm, especially after losing key players such as Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

“Last season we had the team that was playing together for two years, and you could see the automatic connection between players,” he explained.

“We need a little time with these players who arrived.

“We don’t have habits yet, but when you play with top-class players, it’s much easier to work out connections.

“The players who came are very interesting, and the only thing we need to start winning is to find those automatic connections.”

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