Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says he will work closely with summer arrival Thiago Silva this season in a bid to get as much out of the 36-year-old as possible, reports the Express.
The Brazilian joined Chelsea from Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, with his last appearance for the club coming in their 1-0 Champions League final loss to Bayern Munich.
He has featured four times for the Blues in all competitions this season, helping keep clean sheets in the league win against Crystal Palace, the League Cup victory against Barnsley and the recent Champions League draw with Sevilla.
The defender played for more than an hour in that win over Barnsley before getting similar game time in the league draw with West Brom three days later. Lampard says managing Silva’s minutes will be a key theme this season.
‘I remember being in the same position’
“Over the season, I will manage him and I have a very close relationship with him already, even if he uses a translator,” Lampard told the Express.
“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.”
Revenge time for Chelsea
Chelsea’s next fixture, away to Manchester United, represents a chance of redemption for the Blues, who suffered a 4-0 thrashing in their last league trip to Old Trafford on the opening day of the 2019/20 campaign.
Lampard’s men suffered further defeats to the Red Devils last season, losing 2-1 in a League Cup round of 16 tie, and 2-0 in the reverse league meeting at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea finally got some revenge in the FA Cup semi-final, overcoming Solskjaer’s men 3-1 at Wembley.
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