Thiago Silva may be closing in on a personal shutout streak of 500 minutes, but he knows that the work is far from done.
Chelsea haven’t conceded a goal with him on the pitch since the 27th minute of the 3-3 draw against West Brom in late September (he didn’t feature in the either the 3-3 draw against Southampton or the 1-1 draw against Spurs in the League Cup), but the veteran center back knows that the only way to continue that streak is through constant improvement and hard work. Those may be cliches, but they are cliches for a reason.
“It wasn’t a super match but we controlled it. Now we need to continue to work to keep progressing.
“It’s true that it was very important to win. It’s been a good start for us. This competition is always complicated. If you look at the other results in the Champions League you can see some surprises, Manchester United lost, Paris lost also, so we need to keep our heads and keep working hard.”
-Thiago Silva; source: Chelsea FC
Chelsea are now unbeaten in ten and have kept a clean sheet in five straight, which may be a new concept for many in the team, especially at the senior level. But the former PSG captain, after nearly a decade with the lone dominant force in French football, certainly would know a thing or two about such things and how to handle them. That sort of leadership and experience is just one of the reasons we’ve brought him in.
Silva, like almost all of our summer signings, has made a great start to his Chelsea career, even if for him it began a bit auspiciously with the mistake against West Brom. The 36-year-old has hardly put a foot wrong since, and the rest of the defenders have followed suit.
Long may that last!