Thiago Silva’s game by numbers vs. Spurs:
100% aerial duels won
100% shot accuracy
7 ball recoveries
5 duels won
5 touches in the opp. box
4 aerial duels won
1 goal scored
0 fouls committed
0 goals conceded
Player Ratings: Tottenham Hotspur 0-3 Chelsea | Premier League
The ratings are in.
Chelsea moved up to top of the Premier League table on alphabetical order (the same goal difference as Liverpool) with a superb performance away at Tottenham – three goals, three points, another clean sheet, and setting a club record for a sixth consecutive away victory against Spurs.
The first half was extremely scrappy, both teams struggling to get a foothold in the game. After Thomas Tuchel replaced Mason Mount with N’golo Kante at half-time, and Chelsea switched to a 3-5-2, the Blues truly took control of the game – Thiago Silva scoring a brilliant header soon after the interval.
Substitute Kante added a second with a heavy deflection, although Chelsea deserved the luck with their second-half performance – energetic, ambitious, driven, and disciplined. Rudiger, who had a fine game along with the other centre-backs, slotted home a third, although Chelsea could’ve scored four or five in all honesty.
The return of N’golo Kante is a huge positive for the Blues, especially with the likes of Edouard Mendy, Ben Chilwell and Reece James set to reenter the side. Chelsea fans have various reasons to be delighted at the moment – conceding zero non-penalty goals in the league, and scoring 12. A title challenge may be premature to mention at this stage, although it has been a near-perfect opening to the 2021/22 league campaign.
Thiago Silva – 9/10
Thiago Silva continued his impressive form in the centre of defence, making a number of important defensive contributions in the first half – five clearances, and three tackles and interceptions. Silva provided experience and composure alongside Rudiger and Christensen, combining this with his typically progressive range of passing. Silva towered above the Spurs defence in the 48th minute to put Chelsea ahead with his third goal for the club – a superb header, almost adding a third goal in the 74th minute. Thiago Silva is proof that whilst form is temporary, class is permanent, and performances like this will go a long way in ensuring Chelsea’s successes this season.