The Brazilian centre-back’s never-say-die attitude and work rate has always been loved by Chelsea supporters.
Chelsea endured one of the most forgettable campaigns in their Premier League history after being unable to secure a top half finish in the recently concluded season. The Blues had different managers over the course of season and a lost of cash was spent on transfer dealings, yet the Stamford Bridge outfit was not able to find any sort of momentum. In the end, Chelsea finished at a disappointing 12th place in the Premier League standings, having managed just 44 points from 38 games.
Despite their poor form on the pitch, one player stood out – Thiago Silva. The Brazilian centre-back’s never-say-die attitude and work rate has always been loved by Chelsea supporters. Hence, it is not a surprise to see him being voted as the men’s Player of the Season. Speaking about it, Thiago Silva told the club’s website, “It was a very emotional moment for me, especially because in spite of the bad season we have had, fans still wanted to show me their support. It’s been a hard year, so the recognition fills me with happiness, pride and pleasure for being part of this team.”
“From my first day here, I have been warmly welcomed by Chelsea fans and so my commitment is even greater than before because I know we need to respond to them with better performances on the pitch and give them the response they deserve. At one point we were all fans and we know what it feels like to love the players in a team, and how the supporters suffer. So we recognise that it’s not easy for them to show that love in moments like this.”
Thiago Silva also believes that if he had endured a season like this in another country, the players would not have got the same support from the supporters. “I want to say that it’s important to recognise that if we were in this particular situation in another country, we would likely not receive the love we have received here at Chelsea. We’d probably be received with bad language or abuse, but we didn’t get that here, and it shows the love that the fans have for us,” he added.
The Brazilian centre-back might be 38 years old but he still continues to play at the top of his game for the Blues. He spoke about how his entire family likes Chelsea. “The club is really important to all of us – it’s a mutual love. My wife, for instance, takes the underground to games and when she gets off the train people recognise her and start to sing my name to her! That just shows the love that they have for us, and we have for them,” he elaborated.
He added: “I need to live close to Cobham because I have to focus more on my personal care and treatment. But I know my wife goes to London a lot, far more than I do, and I know she really likes it – she says it’s a very welcoming city. Bit by bit, we are feeling more and more like Londoners. The whole family have fallen in love with Chelsea. My sons, Isago and Iago, both play for Chelsea. Isago has extended his contract here for the next two seasons, which means we are going to be here for two years. We just hope it’s more!”
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