Thiago Silva admits Premier League football gives him headache because of too much heading from non-stop aerial duels

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Veteran defender Thiago Silva, has been hailed for the influence he has had in the Chelsea defence since joining the club as a free agent from PSG.

Chelsea went on a row of five clean sheets, a feat that had seemed impossible in Frank Lampard’s era, and it last happened for Chelsea in 2010.

Thiago Silva is already a legend in the game, with a wealth of experience from his playing days in the Serie A, the Ligue One and also the Brazilian national team.

The 36-year-old has indeed admitted that the level of play in the Premier League is different, and he gets headache at times due to the aerial duels and the pace of the game.

Silva has contested five aerial duels in each of his past two Premier League appearances, against Sheffield United and Burnley, and he has admitted that he’s learning from the English game.

“They are three very different football schools,” he told a news conference. “I have had a great learning experience in Italy, one of the best schools for the back line and defensive phase.

“I also had great companions in my early days like [Paolo] Maldini and [Alessandro] Nesta, with whom I played for two years, so I was able to learn a lot from them.

“The French championship is a little more physical, stronger and now PSG has a dominance over the opponents and we had to risk a little more.

“And now in the English championship, the last two games I ended up with a lot of headaches because there are aerial plays at all times and, with a very high pace of play, it is very different from the other two leagues.

“I have learned from all that and I put it into practice to help the younger players.”

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