Chelsea have suffered a Thiago Silva setback ahead of the new 2021/22 Premier League campaign after the Brazilian national team’s latest squad announcement.
Silva, 36, is part of a successful Blues squad that has achieved amazing things since Thomas Tuchel took over midway through last season.
A Champions League title coupled with a top-four finish and the most recent Super Cup victory has proven the Brazilian’s decision to join the west Londoners from PSG a decent one for his career as he looks to keep competing at the top in his twilight years.
This was demonstrated also in Brazil’s most recent run to the Copa America final where Silva and co. fell to a tight 1-0 loss to Lionel Messi and Argentina.
The 36-year-old’s international involvement is normally not a massive problem from club’s perspective, but recent changes have handed Tuchel a big dilemma ahead of a potential title charge in the 2021/22 season.
Silva is among other Premier League players such as Richarlison for Everton and Roberto Firmino for Liverpool have been chosen for the September International games.
There is a twist this season with the South American fixtures during the breaks, however, with the countries now playing three games in the week-long break – the final one taking place on the Thursday before the Premier League resumes two days later.
Furthermore, with the time zone differences between Brazil and England (the former being four hours behind) mean that Silva amongst others will struggle to make it in time for their respective club fixtures on the weekend commencing September 11, with the 36-year-old expected to miss Chelsea’s clash against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.
Additionally, quarantine rules would rule a number of South American players out of training, which could hamper their own preparations to be fit and ready for further games in September, therefore causing even more disruption for Premier League clubs.
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is said to not be happy with the situation, with the Frenchman leading a massive review of the entire International calendar.
FIFA accept that adding more matches to the calendar is unfair on players and their clubs, who have to also deal with the issue head-on due to the Covid disruptions that come with players travelling abroad during these uncertain terms.
More specifically to Chelsea, the Blues’ pursuit of Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde could prove a solution to this problem to add extra depth to a well-oiled west London rearguard.
Kounde’s presence could help the German boss ease his concerns about losing one of his star defender’s with the Frenchman who featured once in Euro 2020 being described by many who watch La Liga as one of the best centre-backs in the league.
football.london understands that Marina Granovskaia is willing to offer fellow Frenchman Kurt Zouma in a potential part-exchange deal to prise the £68million central defender away from the Andalusian-based club.
Silva featured in a total of 34 games last season in all competitions for the west London club and was part of a back five that kept 10 Premier league clean sheets in the 2020/21 campaign.
His leadership was part of the reason that Roman Abramovich was able to see his side pick up their second Champions League title in the club’s history when Chelsea edged out Manchester City 1-0 in Porto in May.
Source by Football London