KEY POINTS

  • Thiago Silva opened the scoring in Chelsea's 3-0 win
  • Chelsea are at the top of the 2021-22 Premier League table
  • They will next take on Manchester City in the league

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel heaped praises on Thiago Silva, who became the second-oldest goal scorer for The Blues after scoring in their 3-0 win in the Premier League on Sunday. 

Silva opened the scoring against Tottenham and the 36-year-old Brazilian defender became Chelsea’s second-oldest scorer after Didier Drogba, who scored against Leicester City aged 37 years and 49 days in April 2015, according to Opta Joe. 

N’Golo Kante and Antonio Rudiger also netted a goal each and that ensured Chelsea reaching the top of the 2021-22 Premier League, at least alphabetically as they are currently in level with Liverpool on points and goal difference. 

Speaking in a post-match interview, an overjoyed Tuchel said Silva’s performance at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was "outstanding."

"He was outstanding. He almost scored twice and he’s so strong. The delivery was good for his goal and we are very happy that he was able to score and open the game for us today but his performance even in the first half was outstanding. It was a fantastic performance," Tuchel told Chelsea’s media on Sunday. 

After failing to have a shot at the target in the first half, Tuchel decided to bring on Kante soon after the half-time break. The Frenchman had an instant impact in the game and was appreciated by his manager at the end of the game. 

"He’s a top player. If you have N’Golo, you have something that everybody is looking for. You have everything that you need in midfield – work-rate, intensity, ball wins, skikful play, off the ball and with the ball, and even a goal today! I see this every day in training and it’s hard to believe how good he is. He’s a unique player. We were strong in midfield together with Jorginho and Kovacic in the second half but N’Golo is N’Golo. He’s fantastic," added Tuchel in the same interview.

Chelsea's Brazilian defender Thiago Silva Chelsea's Brazilian defender Thiago Silva Photo: POOL / Adam Davy

Chelsea’s next assignment is a League Cup clash with Aston Villa on Wednesday before their big league match against reigning champions Manchester City on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.