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Thiago Silva eager to continue with Chelsea: I'm in some of my best form

Chelsea defender Thiago Silva says he's enjoying his time in London.

Thiago Silva admits the atmosphere around the club has helped him recover quickly from injury.

"Nobody likes getting an injury and I was out for a few games ] but the atmosphere in the club, all the positive things going on, the happiness I feel for being at this club, all of that has helped me to get back on my feet quicker," he explained.

"I've never felt as happy while injured. That may sound a bit weird but it's part and parcel of the game. I've got many examples to look up to and keep my chin up. As many times as I fall down, I'll rise up again. I'm not a quitter.

"People say 'you're 36 and playing well' but nobody sees everything I gave up to reach this point. At 36, many players are ending their careers yet I'm going through one of my best spells. I'm really enjoying this time at one of the biggest clubs in the world and I'm very happy right now."

The centre-back has featured predominantly in the centre of the back three under Tuchel, a coach he worked with for two-and-a-half years at Paris Saint-Germain, and was already well-versed in the German's methods.

However, he has been impressed with how quickly his team-mates have taken on board the new manager's instructions, a rapid adaptation that has borne impressive results and should stand the Blues in good stead in the final seven weeks of the season.

"Since the first game against Wolves, he made some tactical changes in the team, saying what he'd like the team to do, so you can see the coach has already put his mark here," continued Thiago Silva to chelseafc.com.

"His way of playing has convinced the players that it's possible to hold the ball and be aggressive when necessary so we get on the field knowing basically all that we have to do.

"I have known for two years all I have to do on the field – when to go up, when to hold the ball. Often, other players take a little longer getting the coach's timing but surprisingly they haven't taken long to understand Tuchel's way of playing and behaving in the field."

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