Rio Ferdinand has explained why he thinks Thiago Silva is absolutely perfect for the Chelsea system under manager Thomas Tuchel.
Silva, who earns £105,000-a-week, is now playing in his second season at Stamford Bridge.
The 37-year-old defender has exceeded a lot of expectations since moving to English football in the latter stages of his career.
He’s still a class above whenever he’s in the starting XI, including in the weekend’s 3-0 Premier League win away to Leicester City.
The Brazilian was calmness personified in the heart of a back three, with fellow centre-halves Trevoh Chalobah and Antonio Rudiger operating either side of him.
Ferdinand, who’s also a big fan of Chelsea’s Reece James, has praised centre-back Silva after his weekend display at the King Power Stadium against Leicester.
“He had two athletes (Chalobah and Rudiger) alongside him who just want to be aggressive and get around people. If they manage to beat that press, they’re quick enough to get back and support Thiago Silva,” Ferdinand said.
“The system absolutely helps him as well. The security of having two centre-backs not too far away from him is beautiful.”
Silva a genius Chelsea buy
Chelsea’s decision to take a chance on Silva in the summer of 2020 has turned out to be an inspired one.
The ex-Paris Saint-Germain captain has been one of Europe’s elite centre-backs for over a decade, but many feared how he would cope with the pace of the Premier League.
Ferdinand is spot on that Silva looks at ease in the heart of a back three. John Terry described him this month as a “proper defender” this month, too.
He was an important part of the group that won the Champions League last season, but perhaps he’s now got his eyes on the Premier League crown.
Blues manager Tuchel has implemented a system that seems to be getting the best out of so many Blues players, which is a credit to his managerial approach.
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