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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will be managing a top football icon in Thiago Silva, as the Blues signed up the 35-year-old on a one-year deal, with the option of a second year.
Frank Lampard has played against Silva for both club and country, and the Chelsea manager skippered England in a friendly game against Brazil back in 2013 with Silva also as Brazil’s captain, for the reopening of the Maracana Stadium. The game ended in a 2-2 draw.
Lampard has reacted to that game, and now having to manage Silva.
The Blues boss said: “I got sent that picture the other day, of us shaking hands at the kick-off. Unfortunately I am a bit older now and memories of all these games are not crystal clear! But I do have memories, it was a special game, I think it was the reopening of the Maracana.
“It was a very difficult game and I remember Thiago Silva and Neymar and all those players. It was a tough game, we got a good result there. It was a pleasure to play up against him because when a player has had the career he has had and achieved what he has achieved, it is not by luck, it is not by anything other than hard work and pure talent and hopefully he is bringing that to the club.
“Now we are in slightly different roles, I am doing my job here and he is coming in to help on the pitch, and let’s hope it works.”
Last season, Lampard managed former teammates Cesar Azpilicueta and Willian. David Luiz left before the start of the season, and Willian has now joined him in Arsenal. Azpilicueta is currently the only of Lampard’s teammate remaining in the Chelsea squad.