Thiago Silva has opened up on his relationship with Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino
Thiago Silva has explained how he and Mauricio Pochettino help each other as he enters the final few months of his current Chelsea contract. The Brazil international has played every minute of Premier League football this season after the Blues were hit by three defensive injury blows.
With Silva being 39, the plan was to give him ample time between games to recover which could also mean he is rested on some weekends. However, Wesley Fofana and Benoit Badiashile entering the season with injuries before they were briefly joined by Axel Disasi, has resulted in Silva being a regular starter.
While Fofana will not be back until spring of 2024, both Disasi and Badiashile are available again with Silva rested on Wednesday evening in the 2-0 Carabao Cup win over Blackburn Rovers. Silva playing 900 minutes in the league by November was certainly not the plan ahead of the season, but the man himself has now revealed just how he stays in peak condition.
In an interview with the Guardian, Silva provided supporters with a glimpse into his daily routine. “I wake up at about 8am and I have to be here [at Cobham] by 8.45am. I arrive, have a coffee, I do what I have to do pre-training, I train. I do the post-training recovery here at the club, then I come home and rest in the hyperbaric chamber for two hours. I wake up and then my team of professionals are ready to continue my recovery.
“There’s food, an afternoon snack, dinner, supplements. I do my boots at home and I try to be with my family. Sometimes, I bring my children [who are in Chelsea’s academy] and I watch a bit of the training. Anyway, the next day it’s the same. And the next. So it’s much more recovery than actual work these days. Less is more.”
Because of his experience, Silva also admitted he has been able to help Pochettino look at a different perspective of a plan or issue as he is on the pitch, however he also revealed how the Argentine has assisted him in his later years. “Pochettino has helped me a lot with my fitness,” he said. “Not that I was complacent but I was in my comfort zone. It looks like everything is fine, and it feels fine, but he managed to get me out of that area.”
With Silva to turn 40 next year, plenty has been said about his immediate future with his current deal at Stamford Bridge, which he signed earlier this year, set to expire next summer. And now, when explaining how he assists Pochettino, a hint appeared to be dropped about what his next role may be.
“On the pitch I’m already a bit of a manager, right?” Silva questioned. “As I watch the game from the back, I see a lot of situations. And then I warn [the others] about certain situations. I talk to the staff, to Pochettino, so that we don’t make mistakes. Sometimes, only us on the pitch realise what’s wrong and what could be done better. And there are situations that those who are off the pitch, with a clear mind, see much better. This relationship is important.”