Chelsea centre-back Thiago Silva produced his best display for the club yet on Sunday during the 3-0 beating of Tottenham Hotspur.
The Brazilian was flawless in defence, keeping Harry Kane quiet with relative ease, and popped up with the crucial opening goal at the other end, heading in a Marcos Alonso corner after half-time.
Only an excellent Hugo Lloris save denied him a second moments later, but N’Golo Kante and Antonio Rudiger ensured that the points were safely secured.
It left Thomas Tuchel side tied at the top of the league with Liverpool, both clubs having accrued identical records over the opening five games.
It is not just in the England where the 36-year-old defender’s form has been noticed, however, with Brazil legend and World Cup winner Rivaldo also lavishing Silva with praise.
“It’s a joy to see Thiago Silva playing so well for Chelsea in the best league in the world,” Rivaldo said during an interview .
“Players can extend their careers at the highest level longer than in the past. Dani Alves is another who’s played well into his late-30s in recent years.”
Signed by Frank Lampard in the summer of 2020, Silva’s influence on Chelsea has gradually grown. Following Tuchel’s arrival, he started the final four matches of their successful Champions League campaign, although limped off early against Manchester City in the final.
Despite his age, Rivaldo believes that the experience he has built facing the world’s best strikers, both in the Premier League and in Europe, will have boosted the chances of Silva making Tite’s Brazil squad for the 2022 World Cup.
With the quality and class Silva is showing in a tough competition, it wouldn’t surprise me to see him playing for Brazil at the Qatar World Cup in 2022,” the former Barcelona man said.
“His experience would be a bonus for the team. He is used to facing some of the best strikers in the world regularly which could be crucial for Brazil in decisive moments of the World Cup next year.
“I think Brazil manager Tite’s decision will also depend on potential new centre-backs that might emerge this season, but it should be a great comfort for the Brazilian manager to see Silva in such a great form and probably ready to compete at the highest-level next year.”