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Lampard heaps praise on Silva: ‘He brought both quality and experience’

Frank Lampard praised Thiago Silva on Tuesday night after the Brazilian put in a stunning performance for Chelsea in their 0-0 draw with Sevilla in the Champions League. The Blues recovered from a defensive collapse against Southampton and Silva had a major part in their clean sheet against Sevilla. While Lampard is aware that the 36-year-old can’t play every single match this season, he is keen on giving him as much game time as possible.

“I thought he was very good today,” Chelsea boss Lampard said after the game. “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.” Chelsea has kept three clean sheets this season and in all matches Silva started the game.

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