Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has jumped to the defence of Thiago Silva, after he made an individual error on his Premier League debut in the draw against West Brom.
The Blues bounced back from a three-goal deficit at half-time to end up drawing 3-3 away to West Brom in the Premier League.
Mason Mount pulled one back in the 55th minute with his long-range strike, while substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi scored 15 minutes later with a composed finish into the bottom corner after a one-two combination with Kai Havertz.
Tammy Abraham eventually tapped in from in the six-yard box in the 93rd minute to rescue a draw, but it certainly was two points dropped considering the opponent and the sloppy mistakes.
Chelsea’s first-half display will live long in the memory due to some horrific defensive errors, which were totally avoidable and ended costing the team.
Marcos Alonso was largely to blame for West Brom’s first and third goal, but it was experienced Brazilian Silva who gifted the Baggies their second goal with his mistake.
Silva, 36, lost possession as the last man after a loose touch and it’s not the type of moment they would’ve expected from their new signing, who is an experienced centre-back tasked with trying to improve the backline.
Lampard handed him the armband on his league debut and after the game gave a positive assessment of his display, albeit acknowledging his one mistake.
“He’ll be fantastic for us. I can talk about mistakes, they are clear, but not putting blame on him. We have to react around that. He’ll stand up and say it was a mistake. Other than that he was faultless,” Lampard said post-match, as quoted by Football.London.
Chelsea’s defensive problems don’t appear to be going anywhere at the start of this season and the supporters once again were left frustrated with the performances of their defenders.
Silva is an experienced player with top level know-how, which is why it’s massively disappointing that he blundered on his first league outing and the key now is for him to bounce back.
Meanwhile, the Blues desperately need goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and left-back Ben Chilwell in the starting XI to see if the team can build a better, more resilient defence.