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Frank Lampard has confessed that he had doubts about the sanction of the signing of Thiago Silva, but has been delighted with the impact that the veteran star has had at Stamford Bridge.
the 36 years joined a free transfer from PSG over the summer, when Lampard tried to bolster a rear guard that sent in 54 goals last season.
the Blues he spent most of his summer transfer budget fueling his attack. However, a trio of new defensive additions have played their part.
Edouard Mendy and Ben Chilwell have adapted perfectly, while Thiago has been a reassuring presence. The Brazilian has also added strong leadership.
Thiago scored his second goal for the club in the 3-0 victory over West Ham, which lifted Chelsea to fifth place in the table.
Asked by Sky sports Expert Jamie Carragher if the center-back had performed even better than he had anticipated, Lampard admitted: “I think so.
“I remember playing in the Premier League at 36 years old, I couldn’t play like him, week after week. I was in and out of the team and I could feel it at that stage in my career.
“So what I’ll say is that I was probably a bit hesitant. He knew that he was a first-rate player, that he had been a great player for a long time. but the pressures of the Premier League when you’ve never played there, he had played in France for a long time, without disrespecting him.
“But yeah, he’s probably overdid it a bit and I really 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 headshots and compete with whoever he plays against.
“He is also very studious about the game. He’s clearly going to be a manager or whatever he wants to be after the game. He has been a great addition to us on and off the court. “
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Werner reveals Chelsea’s best star
Chelsea striker Timo Werner says midfielder N’Golo Kante is the player who has impressed him the most since arriving at Stamford Bridge.
Werner is just months away from his contract with the Blues, which he signed in June.
Germany’s international has settled down well with boss Frank Lampard, with the Blues regaining their best form with a win over West Ham on Monday night.
He said Sky Germanyhis colleagues in West London have helped him acclimatize.
But he said that France international Kante has perhaps played a more vital role than others.
“We have so many good players! But one is special, even if many know how good it is: N’Golo Kanté stands out in real life, ”said Werner. Read more…