‘Quality on the ball': BBC pundit blown away by Chelsea player’s passing vs Wolves

Jermaine Jenas picked out Thiago Silva’s seamless display for Chelsea against Wolverhampton Wanderers yesterday.

Speaking on Match of the Day 2, the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder made a point of picking out Silva as the standout performer on the day.

Terrific Thiago

In a game of very little quality – highlighted by the 0-0 final scoreline – the brilliant Brazilian did his best to add a sprinkle of class onto the occasion.

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He looked completely in control of proceedings, despite his vision being slightly muddied by the fog that engulfed Molineux.

RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

The defender ensured Wolves could only muster one shot on target, which allowed Chelsea to seal their first Premier League clean sheet in almost exactly a month.

“It was a game that stunk of a 0-0 from the moment it kicked off really,” said Jenas.

“But this guy was so classy throughout, everything he did. He looked like he was playing in third or fourth gear at times today.

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“Never rushed and has quality on the ball with those forward passes.

“It was a top performance from a top player.”

Silva the pass master

Aside from his generally elegant character, Silva’s ability on the ball cannot be downplayed.

According to WhoScored.com, the 37-year-old managed a passing accuracy of 95.9% on Sunday, the highest of any player on the pitch.

He also attempted the most passes (123) and had the most touches (132) in the match.

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It is quite astonishing that the centre-back remains one of the coolest customers in the sport, regardless of his age.

Silva could quite easily play the top level for another few seasons, which is apparently what Chelsea have planned for him.

Although there is a lot of contract uncertainty swirling around Stamford Bridge at the minute, the former Paris Saint-Germain looks primed to sign a new deal.

At least there’s some good news heading into 2022.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.