Frank Lampard has likened Thiago Silva to his lifelong Chelsea teammate and friend John Terry because of his positional play.
Speaking to Chelsea TV, Lampard was asked about the impact his Brazilian center-back has made since signing on a free from Paris St Germain last August.
“He’s made a big impact on the pitch which we’ve seen, on the people around him because of his attitude and how he behaves, people follow that,” explained the Blues boss.
Silva has made 17 appearances across all competitions this season and has regularly worn the captain’s armband in the absence of Cesar Azpilicueta.
Chelsea has certainly improved defensively upon his arrival as they are able to utilise over a decade of his experience in the top European leagues.
Having won titles in Italy and countless cups in France, alongside international accolades with Brazil, his trophy cabinet speaks for itself.
The 36-year-olds composure has been absorbed by those around him, which left Lampard with no issue in comparing Silva to another silverware obsessed skipper of old.
“He (Silva) reminds me of John Terry a lot, how he positions himself in the box and balls coming in from wide.”
Few know Terry better than Lampard, as the pair played together 581 times for Chelsea across a 13-year period full of sensational success.
Terry ended his career with 15 major honours at Stamford Bridge that included five Premier Leagues. He did so whilst amassing 717 games, a record only matched by Ron Harris and Peter Bonetti.
Although some way off that incredible figure, Silva has over 500 senior matches under his belt. He is approaching the age that Terry hung up his boots, however Chelsea could extend his contract another term as he shows little signs of wanting to bow down.
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You certainly get a Terry vibe when watching Silva. How he commands the backline and orchestrates what’s going on in front of him. Plus, his passing range is eerily similar.
He does not have the same legendary status here as Terry, but Silva has a certified track record, and had he been at Chelsea for a few more seasons prior, he’d be reaching that pedestal easily.