Lampard hails ‘leader’ Thiago Silva after Chelsea romp

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Thiago Silva makes his debut for Chelsea in the League Cup
Thiago Silva makes his debut for Chelsea in the League Cup Alastair Grant POOL/AFP

Frank Lampard hailed Thiago Silva’s “perfect 60 minutes” after the veteran Brazil defender made his debut for Chelsea in the League Cup on Wednesday.

The former Paris Saint-Germain centre-back made an immediate impression as Lampard’s men overwhelmed Barnsley 6-0 in the third round of the League Cup at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Lampard was the delighted with the performance of the 36-year-old, who joined on a free transfer from PSG last month.

“It was a perfect 60 minutes for him,” he said. “He will show the qualities he has. Of course, he will get fitter and better.

“He also gave us something — for me on the night, in the dressing room and on the pitch — of a leader with authority of his demands on others.”

Kai Havertz scored a hat-trick to get off the mark for his new club as Chelsea swept past their outclassed Championship opponents, with Tammy Abraham, Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud also finding the net.

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Callum Hudson-Odoi, who continues to receive interest from long-term suitors Bayern Munich, was given a rare start and impressed his boss.

“Callum did well,” said Lampard. “It’s not easy when you’re coming in and haven’t had so many minutes.

“But I thought in parts he looked fresh and sharp and he was pressing hard and he showed a really good work ethic.”

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