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Joe Coel on Thiago Silva: 'After Virgil he is the best in the league.'

Tue 24 November 2020 | 19:34

Previous Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole trusts Blues center-back Thiago Silva is the best of his position in the Premier League following Virgil van Dijk.

There were questions about how Silva would adapt himself to English football when he joined

Chelsea

as a free agent, however, the 36-year-old Brazilian soon became one of the key players at Stamford Bridge. 

Silva's influence and leadership at Chelsea's defense have helped them address their cautious shortcomings under

Frank Lampard

The seasoned defender got back to the Chelsea squad facing Rennes in the Champions League on Wednesday and Cole has praised his influence in The Blues.

“He has been one of the great defenders of our generation, but at 36 you worry.

"Traditionally players at that age coming into the Premier League, it is very difficult. The

Premier League

is a different beast now. 

“He was not fit at the start of the season and Frank did not want to throw him in.

"He needed time to get into it and now he looks like a Rolls Royce and one of the best center-halves in the league.

“I do not think they make center-halves like him anymore. Apart from

Van Dijk

, I would say he is the best in the League. He has brought so much quality, on the pitch and off the pitch. 

“For [Antonio] Rudiger, [Kurt] Zouma and [Andreas] Christensen next to him, he is a standard bearer. That is the level you want to get at if you want to class yourself as a world-class center-half.”

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