'Glide through games': Pat Nevin thinks effortless Chelsea player was brilliant in latest display
Pat Nevin has paid a small tribute to the quality of Chelsea’s Thiago Silva after his latest display.
Silva, 37, added more silverware to his illustrious career at the weekend by helping Chelsea to beat Palmeiras 2-1 in the Club World Cup final.
The Brazilian centre-back delivered another top-class performance in the heart of defence, which earned him praise from ex-Blues player Nevin.
“The Brazilian does tend to glide through games effortlessly most of the time and he rightly picked up the MVP award in Abu Dhabi,” Nevin wrote.
Silva continues to be a go-to figure for Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel, even as a 37-year-old.
The ball-playing centre-half was dominant in the middle of the back three against Palmeiras, but he’s equally impressed during the past couple of months when asked to play in a back four.
Paris Saint-Germain star Marquinhos, who’s an ex-teammate of Silva at club level, recently said he still rates him as one of the world’s very best defenders.
Chelsea may need to rest him
Obviously, Silva is one of the first names on the team sheet given the way he’s performed during 18 months as a Chelsea player.
However, Tuchel’s got to make the bold decision to rest him now and then.
It looks like this weekend’s Premier League contest away to Crystal Palace could be the perfect time to pull him out of the firing line for one match.
The Blues face Lille in the Champions League next Tuesday, as well as Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final the following weekend.
Chelsea are definitely going to need defensive leader Silva for these upcoming cup matches later this month, so Tuchel should bite the bullet and give him a weekend off against Palace.
There is definitely enough quality at the back to cope without. For instance, the likes of Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Malang Sarr, Trevoh Chalobah and Cesar Azpilicueta should all be fit enough to start in defence.