“So I think if they can keep Thiago Silva fit, with the attacking talent they’ve got as well, they’ve got as good a chance as anybody.”
As well as impressing those on the outside, Silva has earned admiration from his Chelsea colleagues, in particularly the youngsters alongside him at the back.
Reece James, who has been a revalation at right-back, has attributed much of his development to the Brazil international.
He told the Athletic: “Thiago has brought a lot of experience. I have played alongside him a few times now. He has helped me a lot.
“You can see straight away why he has been one of the best in the world.
“He constantly talks to me throughout games, helping me in my positioning, directing me and making sure he is talking to me before, during and after games. It all adds up and improves performances.
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