“That’s the idea I had in my head” – Thiago Silva admits he has been surprised by Premier League style

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Chelsea defender Thiago Silva has admitted he expected to see majority of Premier League teams always playing it long but was surprised to see most teams playing good football.

“In my head, the majority of the teams played a long ball game, always kicking it long,” he told Chelsea’s official website.

“That’s the idea I had in my head in the past but when I came here I saw that teams try to play.

“I think Pep Guardiola has brought well-played football along with him and changed this aspect in other coaches.

“I saw teams which, while being less prominent than Manchester City or Chelsea, were teams that liked to play good football.

“There are teams now in the top five or six of the Premier League, like West Ham and Leicester, who are teams that play proper football and like to do so.

“That surprised me in a good way but still, in terms of intensity, it’s one of the most intense leagues in the world.”

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