Redknapp hails ‘incredible’ Chelsea star for being a ‘born warrior’

Lewis Oldham
Redknapp on Chelsea defender

Jamie Redknapp has heaped praise on Chelsea defender Thiago Silva as the defender has been “incredible” since his move to Stamford Bridge.

The centre-back made the move to Chelsea in 2020 on a free transfer from French giants PSG.

There were doubts surrounding the 37-year-old when this deal was announced. But he has silenced his critics as he has proved to be a superb signing.

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Silva has already played 60 times for the Blues and he helped them win the Champions League last season.

The Brazillian started on Sunday as Chelsea beat Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking after the game, Redknapp said Silva is “just a born warrior”:

“What a signing he’s been [Silva]. He has been incredible,” Redknapp said (as quoted by the Daily Mail).

“For the young players around him to learn from him, his experience. He defends well, heads it, wants to win. You can see he’s just a born warrior.”

Elsewhere, Gary Neville has insisted that Chelsea and Liverpool are still in the title race:

“It can happen. Liverpool have got it in them if they can keep that strongest XI together. Get Mane and Salah back flying,” he stated on the Gary Neville Podcast.

“Liverpool are doing really well without two of their main players. They are [in the title race]. Little things like that give a bit of encouragement, with Southampton getting a point against City.

“City, they’re a machine, you don’t expect them to make a lot of mistakes but they could and Liverpool and Chelsea have got to believe that.

“I’m not that disappointed with Liverpool, to be honest, because I think they have to be at full-pelt all the time to get [alongside] City, just for the fact they haven’t got the squad that City have got.

“But I do think Chelsea have and I expect it to get close. I don’t expect this runaway lead.

“Five weeks ago, we expected a three-horse race and we’ve also been pushed into thinking that City have won it.

“I don’t think we’ve got the three-horse race back this weekend through the fact that Chelsea have won and Liverpool have won and City have drawn.

“But I don’t think we’re going to have that runaway, sort of 20-point championship that we’ve had sometimes with City.”