‘I remember playing in the Premier League at 36 and couldn’t play like he is’: Thiago Silva has ‘exceeded’ expectations, admits Frank Lampard after netting Chelsea’s opening goal in win over West Ham in another dominant defensive display
- Frank Lampard was full of praise for Thiago Silva after he shone in West Ham win
- The defender helped Chelsea keep a clean sheet and also got on the scoresheet
- Lampard said he couldn’t play every week at 36 like Silva is doing at the minute
The Brazilian has become a central figure in the Chelsea defence this season and was again a standout performer on Monday night.
The 36-year-old helped Chelsea keep a clean sheet and return to winning ways after back-to-back defeats by scoring a powerful header to set them on their way to a comfortable 3-0 victory.
Thiago Silva showed his quality again as Chelsea thumped West Ham on Monday evening
Frank Lampard insisted the Brazilian has exceeded expectations since joining in the summer
Chelsea had struggled defensively last season but have noticeably become more assured and resolute at the back since Silva’s arrival in the summer.
And Blues boss Lampard spoke highly of the former Paris Saint-Germain defender after his performance inspired them to victory, saying: ‘I remember playing in the Premier League at 36 and couldn’t play like he is playing week in week out.
‘I was in and out of the team and could feel it at that stage in my career.
‘I know he’s been a great player for a long time, but the pressures of the Premier League when you’ve played in France for so long, no disrespect. But he’s exceeded (my expectations) probably, but really I shouldn’t have been surprised.
‘I can see the quality, the preparation, the desire to win headers and he is very studious about the game. He has been a great addition on and off the pitch.’
Silva put in a solid display at the back to help Chelsea keep a clean sheet against West Ham
The 36-year-old also got on the scoresheet, heading him the opening goal for Chelsea
Tammy Abraham bagged a late brace to round off the scoring and complete the victory
Lampard added: ‘The defence were great. Thiago was the leader but [Cesar] Azpilicueta came in and did brilliantly.
‘As full-backs, you have to defend your zone when they’re crossing the ball again and again.
‘They’re very good at set-pieces so it’s something that we’ve worked on a lot in training and personnel like Thiago clearly help a lot.
‘Some of our defending of the box this season has been really good and consistent and that has to stay, particularly against opponents like we had tonight.’
Striker Tammy Abraham bagged a brace late on in the second half to seal the three points as Chelsea moved up to fifth and back into title contention.
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