Lampard hails captain Azpilicueta and Thiago Silva for role in win over West Ham

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Chelsea defeated West Ham 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Monday night, as the Blues rose up to fifth in the table.

It was a good win for Chelsea but it didn’t come easy, and the defence did well to keep a relentless Hammers side from scoring.

Despite West Ham’s pressure, Chelsea’s defence held West Ham from getting a shot on target.

Frank Lampard was pleased with the team’s defending, and reserved praise for Cesar Azpilicueta and Thiago Silva.

Lampard said: “The defence were great. Thiago Silva was the leader but Azpilicueta came in and did brilliantly.

“As full-backs, you have to defend your zone when they’re crossing the ball again and again. They’re very good at set-pieces so it’s something that we’ve worked on a lot in training and personnel like Thiago clearly help a lot.

“Some of our defending of the box this season has been really good and consistent and that has to stay, particularly against opponents like we had tonight.”

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