“O Monstro”: Thiago Silva and his impact on teammates, club, and community

On the departure of Frank Lampard at the beginning of the year, Thiago Silva posted on Instagram a thoughtful message expressing his gratitude to Frank with a short but meaningful: “As I told you, it seemed like we had been working together for ten years!”. 

It turns out that the sentiment Thiago briefly mentions on the feeling he has been at Chelsea for years and not only for a season (and what a season!) is shared amongst tons of people, who also believe Silva and his family are True Blues since before day one. 

Thiago Silva during match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge - Photo by Visionhaus
Thiago Silva during match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge – Photo by Visionhaus

Ever since Thiago Silva first came to Chelsea as a free agent during the summer of 2020, after failing alongside Paris Saint-German to conquer the 19/20 season Champions League trophy, the Brazilian defender has had a massive impact on the club. As stated by Chelsea’s board director Marina Granovskaia, Silva’s had a “huge influence on and off the pitch” since joining the team.

At 36 years old, Silva has been putting into use his innate leadership by helping strengthen the defensive structure, getting involved in shaping younger teammates’ mentalities, and most importantly, playing a tremendously significant part in guaranteeing the Champions League trophy for the second time.

Leading by example: Thiago Silva and the influence on younger players

It is always an immense satisfaction listening to Chelsea legends comment on the current team’s performance and proving that once a Blue, always a Blue. For instance, when Chelsea’s great Gianfranco Zola commented on how the Brazilian’s experience influences the team youngsters’ mindsets, as well as establishing consistency in the defensive line (either in a back three or a back four), it is undoubtedly worth reflecting about Thiago Silva’s part on the team. In Zola’s own words in a conversation with TalkSport: “He must be very important for the young ones, in terms of being an example and showing ways to conduct yourself on the pitch.”.

As per what Zola stated, Reece James told BBC Sport: “I think, this season, Thiago Silva has probably influenced my career the most so far, just because he is well experienced and played at the very top of the game for the last 15 years. He has taken me under his wing, coached me, and told me where I need to do better and where I am doing well.”.

Furthermore, in the scenario currently faced at Chelsea, with a young-player-dominated team, the likes of leaders who provide solid directions and guide inexperienced teammates towards improvement is an act that goes under the radar which has a long-term, meaningful impact. In the future, Silva will part ways with the club making his mark not only on historical memories and valuable silverware, but also in the legacy to the young ones’ careers’, such as winning mentality, along with the principle that just playing matches is not enough. 

Thiago Silva celebrates with Reece James after scoring during the PL match between Chelsea and Sheffield United – Getty Images

The Silva family: cheering through sun and rain 

One of the main reasons club supporters feel that Silva has been in the club for more time than he has, is his family’s activeness on social media, proving how they already are the club’s biggest fans. The Silvas’ have adapted to life at London and Stamford Bridge with extreme ease, with Isabelle “Belle” Silva (Thiago’s wife) being the center of attention several times, defending Chelsea with tooth and nail. 

Some of her most famous highlights include her comment “Chilwell is better than u dude” in Liverpool’s Andy Robertson TikTok account, criticizing Timo Werner’s lack of goals, as well as chanting “We hate Tottenham – Chelsea!”. Talk about being proper Chels, huh?

Besides Belle, Thiago’s sons have both started training in Chelsea’s academy kids. Moreover, his youngest, Iago, has also stated Mason Mount as his favorite Chelsea player besides his father. Talent recognizes talent!

A successful first season, onto the next

Six months after Thomas Tuchel’s arrival at the club, it is reasonable to think he’s arguably one of our most successful and likable managers. After all, he ultimately accomplished the Champions League trophy, in addition to guaranteeing top-four despite an inconsistent Premier League campaign. Thus, next season holds much to expect. Thanks to Tuchel, the Blues have turned into “a team that nobody wants to play against” once again. 

Silva shakes hands with Mr. Abramovich after the Champions League final  - Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images
Silva shakes hands with Mr. Abramovich after the Champions League final  – Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images

As a result, Thiago Silva has extended his contract for a further year, hoping to add new trophies to his impressive list of accomplishments. The Brazilian will, without a doubt, play a crucial part in trying to secure our Champions of Europe title, on top of challenging the Premier League trophy. Under Tuchel, Chelsea now have one of the best defenses in Europe and will, by all means, fight for maintaining this status once again. 

Even though many doubted Thiago Silva could perform at a high level at 36 years old in the toughest league worldwide, he has been continually proving people wrong. The defender constantly shows that professionalism, dedication, and commitment can lead to triumph and that such success is no accident. He has proved he is not only a champion in football but also life. Hence, there is a reason for him to be known as The Monster.

 Written by Maria Dulce (@Usernamedulce)

Edited by Tom Coley (@tomcoley49)

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