Gary Neville predicts Chelsea’s Premier League finish if world-class Thiago Silva remains fit

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Manchester United legend Gary Neville has backed Chelsea to have a good season and finish in the top four if world-class Thiago Silva remains fit.

The Brazil international scored Chelsea’s opening goal in the 3-0 victory over West Ham at Stamford Bridge on Monday evening.

“You just mentioned there about being 36 and it got me thinking about being 35, 36 and how difficult it is being a defender, becoming exposed. But he’s clever,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“I thought his attacking at that corner was absolutely outstanding.

If he stays fit and he plays all season, I think Chelsea will have a good season. I think they’ll finish in the top four.

“We were probably intrigued how he would do in this league, he’s proven that he’s world class.

“This idea of Brazilian centre-backs – he’s tough as hell, Thiago Silva, and I think he will get through the season well.”

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