Chelsea defender Thiago Silva has revealed he has been struggling with headaches after recent games due to the intensity of the Premier League. Silva spent the last seven years in Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain.
Silva has taken time to adapt to the Premier League after arriving from PSG this summer.
The Brazilian centre-back was brought in to lead Frank Lampard’s new-look defence after his contract expired in the French capital.
He struggled to hit the ground running, and was clearly fatigued from the lack of rest time between the Champions League final and the start of the current season.
In his first game, Chelsea shipped three goals against West Brom at the Hawthorns, but now it seems he’s found his feet in England.
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Chelsea have now kept five clean sheets in their last six games across all competitions, with Silva playing in all-but one of them.
But that appears to have come at a price for Silva, as he revealed that he has been struggling physically with the intensity of the Premier League.
He explained: “After my last two games, I’ve had a terrible headache because there are non-stop aerial duels and a very high pace of play.
Silva went on to echo the complaints of Pep Guardiola, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jurgen Klopp about the lack of protection for players.
Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United have had a jam-packed fixture schedule this season due to the demand of having to play Champions League and Premier League matches.
And Silva admitted the number of games players are being put through is “worrying”.
He said: “We have to constantly reinvent ourselves.
“You lose players because of Covid-19 infections or there are others who get injured because we’re playing a lot of games. We’re not machines.
“We have seen recent studies showing that it is more likely that we are going to get injured after having played every three days four or five times. It is very worrying for us.”
Silva scored his first goal for Chelsea on Saturday as the Blues thrashed Sheffield United 4-1 at Stamford Bridge.
And afterwards, Lampard heaped praise on the veteran and described his impact on the side.
The Chelsea boss said: “I knew the player that he was when he came here because of the career he had.
“He played in the Champions League final a few weeks before coming here, but his level of performance since he’s been here, without much of a pre-season, the influence, individual performance, the way he is between games, he attacks training so diligently.
“He looks at opposition when we are having meetings, he wants to know.
“So I have a lot of conversations with him. He has been brilliant, I can’t say enough about him.
“Then he gets the goal today, a very good goal. He has made a big impact.”
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