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Chelsea signed Thiago Silva as a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain, and the Brazilian has taken to life in the Premier League swiftly.
The 36-year-old has been one of Chelsea’s best players so far this season, and his impact in the team’s defence can’t be overemphasised.
There were doubts if Thiago Silva will be able to bring his world-class standard to the Premier League at this stage of his career, but the 36-year-old has been nothing short of a world-class material.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has now admitted that he had doubts as well over the Brazilian due to his age, and remembered how he couldn’t keep up in the Premier League at that age. But Lampard was quick to admit that Silva has even gone beyond his expectations so far.
Asked by Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher if the 36-year-old had performed even better than he had anticipated, Lampard said: “I think so. I remember playing in the Premier League at 36 and I couldn’t play like he’s playing, week in week out. I was in and out of the team and I could feel it at that stage of my career.
“So what I’ll say is I probably was a bit tentative. I knew he was a top player, had been a great player for a long time, but the pressures of the Premier League when you’ve never played there, he’d played in France for a long time – no disrespect.
“But yeah he probably has exceeded it slightly and really I shouldn’t have been surprised.
“Working with him now I can see the quality, the preparation, the reading of the game, the desire to win headers and compete with anyone he plays against.
“He’s really studious about the game as well, he’s clearly going to be a manager or whatever he wants to be after the game. He’s been a great addition for us on and off the pitch.”