Lampard purrs after ‘perfect 60 minutes’ for new Chelsea signing

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.

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“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.

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“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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