Thiago Silva admits he is worried about the threat of injuries amid the congested fixture schedule and reveals the pace and physicality of the Premier League has left him with ‘terrible’ headaches.
The veteran defender signed for Chelsea on a free transfer during the summer after leaving Paris Saint-Germain and has enjoyed an impressive start to life at Stamford Bridge, Silva’s experience and quality having helped the west London side improve their defensive record in recent fixtures.
The 36-year-old has now opened up on his adaptation to the English game following seven hugely successful seasons in Ligue 1 with PSG, and has revealed he has suffered with ‘terrible’ headaches as a result of the physical nature of the Premier League.
“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,” he said, as per the Mail.
Silva – who has been named in Brazil’s squad for their fixtures against Venezuela and Uruguay this week – also admitted his concerns over the congested football calendar following warnings that players are at increased risk of injury given the lack of rest and recovery between fixtures.
“We have to constantly reinvent ourselves,” he continued. “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.”