Chelsea defender Thiago Silva recently reflected on his time at Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).
During his eight seasons there, Silva won seven Ligue 1 titles but couldn’t secure a Champions League victory for PSG.
In 2020, he captained PSG to the final, but they fell short due to a Kingsley Coman goal. However, he later became a continental champion with Chelsea and acknowledged shortcomings in PSG’s approach.
Silva emphasized that success in football doesn’t solely depend on financial resources; it requires time and effort.
“If you lack a clear plan, success is unlikely. It’s essential to earn respect within your own country before seeking it elsewhere. In our case, we made a mistake. We prioritized gaining foreign love over earning local respect.”
Silva is still a crucial player for Chelsea, playing in all 10 Premier League matches this season. He appreciates Frank Lampard for bringing him to the Premier League and is enjoying working with his current manager, Mauricio Pochettino.
In a pre-match chat before the game against Tottenham in London on Monday night, he expressed his gratitude, saying,
“I owe my current happiness and support from the fans to the legendary Frank Lampard.
Pochettino played a significant role in improving my fitness. While I wasn’t lazy, I was quite comfortable. It may seem like everything’s okay, but he pushed me to step out of my comfort zone.”
Thiago Silva has played in 87 Premier League games, making him the outfielder with the most appearances in the competition’s history, all of which he achieved at the age of 36 or older. His consistency is truly remarkable.