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Thiago Silva is proving to be a good signing for Chelsea, and the 36-year-old’s quality was shown in the goalless draw against Sevilla in the Champions League tie on Tuesday night.
The former PSG defender is known to have both a commanding and calming influence in the Chelsea defence, and his impact was obvious to see against Sevilla.
As a matter of fact, the Brazilian has within a short time proven that he can help the Chelsea defence.
Chelsea have kept just three clean sheets this season – against Barnsley, Crystal Palace and Sevilla – and it is no coincidence that Silva has started all three matches. This would mean rotating him quite often, so he doesn’t burn out and resting him when need be.
Speaking after the draw against Sevilla, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard admitted that he plans to manage Silva very well, so that he can get the best out of him.
Lampard do not plan on using the 36-year-old week in week out, so he doesn’t burn.
“I thought he was very good today,” Lampard said after the match. “I spoke about quality and experience before the game and he brought both of those and it affects others around him, which I think he did.
“He was a big plus in terms of getting the clean sheet. Over the season, I will manage him and I have a very close relationship with him already even if he uses a translator.
“I will always work closely with him and I remember being in the same position myself towards the end of my career, in the last year in the Premier League.
“So I will be very aware of maintenance training and his selection as we want him to play as many games as we can to be at his optimum level.”