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Thiago Silva has been hailed for the calm he has brought to the Chelsea defence, and many were worried if Chelsea could cope in his absence against Newcastle.
Frank Lampard paired Antonio Rudiger with Kurt Zouma for the trip to the St James Park, and it was yet another clean sheet for the Blues with a good partnership from the duo.
Zouma moved to congratulate centre-back partner Antonio Rudiger on social media after Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday.
It was Rudiger ‘s first Premier League start of the season, and he put in a good shift to remind Lampard of his qualities.
Former Chelsea star Joe Cole was particularly impressed with the performance of Rudiger and insisted that Thiago Silva wasn’t even missed.
He told BT Sports: “Rudiger is a difficult one because he’s been captain and he’s a senior player but you have to give credit where credit is due.
“It’s a difficult day for him. He’s come in and pitched it right. It looked like the biggest credit I could pay him is that Thiago Silva wasn’t even missed one bit. He just came in did his job and it was an exceptional performance.”