'Superb': Alan Shearer says £105k-a-week Chelsea star makes his position 'look easy'

Alan Shearer included Thiago Silva in his Premier League Team of the Week following the draw between Chelsea and Manchester United last weekend.

Thomas Tuchel’s men were frustrated by their guests to Stamford Bridge on Sunday and could only muster a 1-1 deadlock.

Jadon Sancho sent United ahead in the second half, following a rare error from Jorginho.

The Italian did not have to wait long for redemption however, converting from the penalty spot following a miss judged clearance by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

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He took part of the ball, but also some of the man, whilst attempting to save his side from danger.

The Silva show

The person Wan-Bissaka inadvertently took down was Silva, who had expertly placed himself to take the contact.

An extremely wise head on not-so-youthful shoulders!

Whilst many of the Brazilian’s colleagues huffed and puffed, he barely broke sweat all evening.

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Silva was coolness personified, with the performance to match.

“He makes defending look easy at times, and this was one of those matches. Superb again,” said Shearer on Silva’s recent display.

To think the centre-back has just celebrated reaching 37 years on this planet makes his contributions even more remarkable.

Pace might have deserted his legs somewhat, yet Silva’s speed is all stored upstairs.

The veteran is such a fantastic reader of the game, he is rarely caught flat-footed.

No wonder the Blues reportedly want to extend his contract for another season.

Thiago vs Cristiano

There was a passage towards the end of the match against United where the £105,000-a-week (Spotrac) defender was left isolated with Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Many would fear being faced alone with CR7.

Not the Chelsea number six, who held his ground until the time was right to disposes Ronaldo.

Two of the game’s greats going head-to-head, with only one coming out on top.

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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.