Thiago Silva has explained why playing in the Premier League is literally giving him a headache.
The Brazilian has been a huge part of Chelsea’s transformation this season, proving to be an excellent free signing from PSG in the summer.
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Despite his game time being limited by Frank Lampard to keep him in peak physical condition, Silva says he is feeling the effects of English football after the final whistle.
“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, after joining up with his national team.
That doesn’t quite ring true. According to WhoScored Silva has been involved in one extra aerial duel every five games.
Silva has also spoken out over squads having to cope with unexpected absences.
“We have to constantly reinvent ourselves. 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.”
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