Thiago Silva is the latest player to feature in our end-of-season player reviews, with the defender enjoying another stellar season.
The fan-favorite defender racked up 48 appearances for Chelsea last season, with just two other outfield players more frequently.
He played at the heart of Thomas Tuchel’s defence, more often than not showing his exemplary leadership and customary composure in a campaign in which he continued to belie his age, helping to guide Chelsea to our all first Club World Cup trophy, another Super Cup triumph and the finals of both domestic cup competitions.
The Rio de Janeiro-born centre-back continued to poke fun at leaning towards the end of his career, with his cool and calm presence both on and off the pitch helping those who find their way into the men’s first team, like Trevoh Chalobah, who had a memorable season in Chelsea colours.
Like a good wine…
When we welcomed Tottenham in January, Thiago Silva became the oldest Chelsea player to score in the Premier League, at 37 years and 123 days. Our former eldest was Didier Drogba, who scored against Leicester City aged 37 and 49 days in April 2015.
He achieved another similar milestone against Arsenal at home in April, becoming our oldest outfield player in the Premier League (37 years, 210 days), overtaking Graham Rix (37 years, 203 days). Thiago finished the season at 37 years and 242 days.
In January, the Brazilian signed a one-year contract extension to keep him at the club until the summer of 2023, and with no current signs of the defender’s powers weakening, he should be influential again during the coming season.
Open the way
Perennial Thiago Silva has made the most Premier League clearances for the Blues in 2021/22 (95) – eight ahead of Antonio Rudiger (87) – despite six times fewer than the German. He also completed 2,622 assists, the most of any Blues player in the Premier League during the season.
A solid run for the veteran came between October and Christmas, when he started 10 of 11 games, starting with the 7-0 thrashing against Norwich City. He then suffered a knee injury in the win at Villa Park on Boxing Day but that proved to be a problem with the defender only missing one game, against Brighton. He then started the next seven Premier League matches.
A privileged adversary?
Thiago Silva has scored home and away against Tottenham Hotspur in 2021/22, becoming only the sixth different Chelsea defender to do so against the same opposition in the same Premier League season, and the first to do so with their London rivals Tottenham in opposition.
His header in the away league encounter with Spurs was his first goal of the season, having nonchalantly nodded into the corner from Marcos Alonso. Thiago then went two-for-two against the north Londoners guiding another January header, this time after Mason Mount whipped in an inviting free-kick.
His six clearances in August’s game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was his second-best tally in that area of the 2021/22 league campaign, while his three interceptions in that game were also only bettered twice while throughout the season.
Our No.6’s only other goal of the season came against West Ham, which was also a header. In fact, not only are his five goals for the Blues now with his head, but four of the five have also come in the London derbies.
Thiago Silva 2021/22 Chelsea stats
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Minutes played: 4,284
Thiago Silva Premier League appearances 2021/22
Thiago Silva has played 32 Premier League games for Chelsea this season, coming off the bench in four of them.
Thiago Silva Champions League appearances 2021/22
Thiago Silva has made nine Champions League appearances this season, eight since the start.
Thiago Silva FA Cup appearances 2021/22
Thiago Silva has played three FA Cup games this season, including two since the start.
Thiago Silva Appearances in the Carabao Cup 2021/22
Thiago Silva has played twice in the Carabao Cup this season, with only the final since the start.
Thiago Silva Super Cup and Club World Cup appearances 2021/22
Thiago Silva has played our two Club World Cup games this season.
Goals of Thiago Silva 2021/22
Thiago Silva has scored three goals for Chelsea in 2021/22, all in the Premier League.