Frank Lampard has hailed Thiago Silva’s “perfect 60 minutes” in a Chelsea debut that left his boss purring at the Brazil defender’s immediate Blues impact.
Veteran centre-back Silva bossed Chelsea’s backline from the off as Lampard’s men overwhelmed Barnsley 6-0 in the third round of the Carabao Cup at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
The 36-year-old will doubtless endure plenty sterner tests as Chelsea look to accelerate Lampard’s rebuild, but the west London boss was delighted with his new linchpin’s immediate impact.
“It was a perfect 60 minutes for him,” said Lampard, of Silva’s accomplished Chelsea debut.
“He will show the qualities he has. Of course, he will get fitter and better.
“He also gave us something – for me on the night, in the dressing room and on the pitch – of a leader with authority of his demands on others.”
Silva is undergoing a crash course in English to boost his communication skills, but the multi-lingual defender has already insisted football’s universal language translates between team-mates of differing tongues.
Lampard insisted that ethos already shone through on Wednesday, with Silva exhorting his team-mates and adding obvious shape to Chelsea, whether in or out of possession.
“He can’t even speak the language at the minute but that’s not even a problem because his presence and the way he commands people around him is already showing that to me in training and in our game,” said Lampard.
“I am very pleased with Thiago. It is what I expected of a player of his level but it is very refreshing to have him here at the club.”
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