Thiago Silva has discussed his responsibility to help Chelsea’s inexperienced side through a challenging period.
Chelsea are ninth in the Premier League table after a difficult start to the campaign and face an uphill task to secure a top four finish and Champions League qualification.
Silva is among the leaders of the club’s dressing room, one which has an increasingly youthful look following the January additions of Mykhaylo Mudryk, Enzo Fernandez, David Datro Fofana, Joao Felix, Benoit Badiashile and Noni Madueke.
The 38-year-old – who is in negotiations with the club to extend his contract until summer 2024 – has discussed his role in Graham Potter’s squad and his responsbility to provide guidance to the club’s youthful side.
“I have my responsibility to understand that we have a young team and that the team theoretically needs me and my help,” Silva told chelseafc.com.
“For me to help, I need to be physically well, I need to be well recovered. We have a great communication with staff, because I tell them that I need to be well.
“If I’m tired, besides damaging the defence, I won’t be able to help my team. So we have this plan that is a little different to the other players, but I’m always on the [training] pitch, every day, I’m never outside of the game and I hope the season ends this way.”
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