Lampard told his best centre-back pairing is Rudiger/Thiago Silva

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard went for a centre-back pairing of Andreas Christensen and Thiago Silva in the 3-3 draw against West Brom, and it was a woeful defensive performance from the Blues.

Silva and Christensen don’t seem to complement each other, and Blues boss Frank Lampard currently has five centre-backs at his disposal.

Lampard is yet to get his best defensive pairing since last season, and he has now ousted German defender Antonio Rudiger from the team.

Speaking before the game at the Hawthorns, Arsenal legend and top pundit Paul Merson, told Lampard that his best defense pairing is Rudiger and Thiago Silva, as he urged him to rather play a 3-4-3 system.

“Frank Lampard needs to change his tactics or Chelsea can kiss goodbye to Antonio Rudiger,” Merson told the Daily Star.

“Chelsea have got five centre-backs and that’s too many unless you’re playing three every week – and I think that’s what Lampard should do.

“At the moment he’s playing a back four and someone is always going to miss out. Right now it’s Rudiger, which surprises me.

“I thought Kurt Zouma or Andreas Christensen would go this summer because Rudiger is better than both of them.

“But he can’t even get on the bench. If that carries on he’ll be gone. He won’t want to stick around to be fifth choice.

“But if Lampard switches to three at the back with wing-backs, he solves the problem and gets the best out of Thiago Silva, who won’t be so exposed in that system.

“I’ve always been a big fan of Thiago Silva and signing him on a free was a no brainer. But at PSG he only had to exert himself four or five times a season.

“In the Premier League, it’s relentless. He needs to play in the centre of a three for me. And playing that way means Rudiger stays.”

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