Michael Owen says Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma ‘fills you with fear’ when watching the Blues. But the arrival of the experience Thiago Silva has helped solve that issue for Frank Lampard’s side.
Lampard turned to the experienced Brazilian Silva to try and solve his central defensive problems this summer.
Silva partnered Zouma in defence against Crystal Palace in the Premier League and again in their 0-0 draw with Sevilla in their Champions League opener.
After the game, former England striker Owen admitted he is still not convinced by Zouma’s capabilities.
But he pointed to the impact of Silva and the fact his experience has provided a solution to that problem.
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Speaking on BT Sport, Owen said: “Zouma next to him [Silva] fills you with a bit of fear.
“But as soon as you see the ball go into Silva you relax and that’s what the whole team will be feeling that.
“As soon as he in possession or is part of the team he spreads that confidence to everybody.”
Manager Lampard also praised Silva after the game.
He said: “He was very good.
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“I spoke about quality and experience before the game and he brought both of those and that affects others around him.
“He was a big plus in terms of us getting a clean sheet.”
Midfielder Jorginho, Silva’s international team-mate, recently explained how he is helping the new signing settle at Stamford Bridge.
Asked some of the phrases he has taught Silva as he learns English, he told Chelsea’s website: ‘Man on, drop, up, turn, switch play – the kind of things you need to shout on the pitch.
“When he has some questions or doubts he asks me, and I try to help him.
“With other players he finds a way, with his hands, or he speaks to me and I give the information to the other guys. Everyone tries to help each other on and off the pitch.
“He is talking a lot. Defensively he has big experience and he knows about football tactically. He has played at a high level for a long time. It counts for something. It’s easy to see he is a great player.
“He’s very happy here. He’s a big personality, a big player, with big experience.
“He’s helping all of us a lot, the group, the young players, everyone because he has personality.
“He is helping everyone with what he feels and what he feels is the right thing to say. He is doing very well and we are happy to have him here.”
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