Chelsea defender Thiago Silva has been getting used to Premier League football after making the move to England at the age of 36 and the Brazilian has noted that it is “is like a mix of all the different leagues”.
Silva added that “it feels like hard work can take you a long way” in the Premier League and used the example of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to illustrate his point.
Speaking to Chelsea’s match programme for their game at home to Burnley on Sunday, Silva said: “English football is like a mix of all the different leagues.
“Here, there’s a bit of the French league, a bit of the Brazilian league, a bit of Italy, a bit of Spain. But there’s definitely an English identity, which is also very strong.
Thiago Silva has been speaking about his start to life in the Premier League with Chelsea and believes “hard work can take you a long way”
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“Nobody gives anything away and the intensity is really high: every team keeps battling and fighting for as long as they can keep it up. I really love that because football here is about more than just technique.
“It feels like hard work can take you a long way here. So it’s not just down to god-given talent, but because of how you are and how you work.
Silva used the examples of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to illustrate his point
“I’m not sure whether this works, but a comparison I could make on that front is to look at the difference between Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi.
“Messi has an unbelievable gift for playing football. Cristiano is also gifted, but I think he’s really improved over the years and you can see he’s someone who really puts the hours in.
“You have to take your hat off to someone like that because, today, simple technique isn’t enough if you don’t have that will to…