Centre-back Thiago Silva has admitted that he does not believe he is at his “best physical level” following Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in the first-leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Christian Pulisic handed the Blues an early lead, firing home a cool and composed finish after just 14 minutes, before the home side drew level just before the half hour mark through Karim Benzema’s impressive acrobatic effort.
Both sides had further opportunities to win the contest, with Chelsea having no shortage of them in the first half, but the game ended level pegging, meaning there is nothing to separate them ahead of next week’s second-leg at Stamford Bridge.
Ahead of next Wednesday evening’s showdown, which will see Chelsea require just a clean sheet to get the job done and progress to the final for the first time since 2012, defender Silva has admitted that he is feeling the impact of his recent injury troubles, confirming that he is not at the top of his game in terms of his fitness levels.
Silva told TNT Sports: “I’m well, physically. I came from a slightly difficult injury on the front of my thigh against Tottenham. I spent a month and a little away.
“I think it was possible to work a little bit physically for this end of the season, which we know is the most decisive moment of the season, whether in the league or in other competitions.
He added: “I believe that every player who plays in a big club and plays at a high level aims to win the Champions League.
“Last year I came very close, this year we are close too, but with a lot of work to be done.
“So we already have a lot of respect for this team of Real Madrid. That in the second game we can perform better than today so that we can aim and deserve to go to a final.