Thiago Silva has shed light on his relationship with Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino as he approaches the final months of his current contract with the club. The Brazilian defender has been a constant presence on the field, playing every minute of Premier League football this season, despite initial plans to manage his workload due to his age of 39.
This was intended to involve some rest on weekends, but a series of defensive injuries to Fofana, Badiashile, and Disasi thrust Silva into a regular starting role.
While Fofana won’t return until spring 2024, Disasi and Badiashile are now available, allowing Silva to rest during Chelsea’s recent 2-0 Carabao Cup victory over Blackburn Rovers. His extensive playing time in the league by November was not part of the season’s original plan, but Silva has disclosed his secrets for maintaining his peak condition.
In an interview with the Guardian, Silva shared his daily routine, which begins at 8 am and involves arriving at Cobham by 8:45 am, pre-training preparations, the training session, post-training recovery at the club, and a two-hour rest in a hyperbaric chamber at home.
He also mentioned the support of a team of professionals, including food, snacks, dinner, and supplements. His routine includes spending time with his family and occasionally observing his children’s training sessions at Chelsea’s academy. Silva highlighted the importance of recovery and the concept that “less is more” in his current routine.
Due to his vast experience, Silva has also been able to provide a different perspective on tactics or issues while on the pitch, which has benefited Pochettino.
In return, Pochettino has played a crucial role in improving Silva’s fitness and pushing him out of his comfort zone. Silva described this collaboration, stating, “Pochettino has helped me a lot with my fitness.”
As Silva approaches 40 next year and his contract at Stamford Bridge expires next summer, speculation about his future has been prevalent. However, in discussing his role in assisting Pochettino, he hinted at a potential future role. Silva mentioned his role as a sort of “manager” on the field, observing the game from the back and offering insights to his teammates and coaching staff.
He stressed the importance of communication to avoid mistakes and make improvements, acknowledging the vital nature of this relationship in the team’s dynamics.