An exclusive interview with Thiago Silva: Thiago Silva, the latest player to sit down for an exclusive interview as part of the In My Own Words series, revealed that the overwhelming support he receives from Chelsea fans motivates him to perform at his best, as well as explained why winning the Champions League in Portugal was such a special occasion for him.
In the exclusive interview, which you can watch in full below, the Brazilian highlighted a variety of topics, including the fantastic bond he formed with Chelsea supporters from the moment he arrived from Paris Saint-Germain at the start of the season.
He said that being welcomed so fast at his new club surprised him and that the sound of the fans shouting his name is the finest motivator he could wish for, thinking that he owes them a duty to return their trust.
‘I didn’t anticipate getting so much attention in such a short period of time, and now I’m being applauded like that, so it’s a source of tremendous pleasure for me, and I’m extremely glad to be a member of this club,’ he added.
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‘I can’t get the chant out of my brain.’ When I go inside the stadium, some of them begin to sing, and it quickly spreads to the opposite side.
It certainly inspires me, but it also puts a lot of pressure on me since I know they expect me to perform at a high level so that I don’t surrender goals.
‘I believe that singing provides me a unique incentive to shield our goal in some manner, obviously with the help of the other players, so that we leave without conceding a goal and with the victory.’
Thiago Silva also spoke about our magnificent Champions League victory in Porto in May, when we won Europe’s most coveted club trophy for the second time.
While it was clearly a proud moment for all involved, he explained that it was particularly meaningful for him because he had lost the previous year’s final with PSG in the same country, as well as our victory coming in the city where the defender battled a serious illness that threatened his career and health at the age of 21.
‘It was difficult since I had lost the final against Bayern Munich in Lisbon a year before,’ he continued.
‘After a while, I returned to the final, when I received some of the worst news of my life, TB, which I had contracted while in Porto.’ For a while, I didn’t play.