Thiago Silva: I’m at my peak

Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva says that he is improving with age after featuring in every league game for the French champions this season.

The 31-year-old Brazil international has won the Ligue 1 title in each of his three seasons in France since signing from AC Milan, and says that his years of experience have made him a better player.

"I honestly think this is the best period of my career," he said. "It's incredible, because everyone says, 'Oh, he's old, he's 31, he's already at the end of his career.' But I honestly believe that I can play for another five or six years.

"We'll have to wait and see what happens, because there's no point in just playing for the sake of it – that's no good. If you keep playing, you have to do it because you have a goal, a dream.

"When you have more experience, you feel better and better. Especially out on the pitch, where you position yourself better, you don't make all those runs you used make covering other positions. Now I know more about football.

"I can see when an opponent is going to play a long ball, in behind my full-back for example, meaning that I have to cover. I read the game better, so I know when to go or when to sit well placed in my position.

"That's what experience gives you when you're past 30, you understand the game better than before, and that's why players often play their best football when they are over 30."

The Parisians are undefeated and currently hold a 13-point lead at the top of the Ligue 1 standings, and will be clear favourites in their next game against rock-bottom Troyes at Parc des Princes on Saturday.

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