Chelsea manager Frank Lampard backed new signing Thiago Silva to be important for Chelsea, following the Brazilian’s mistake that led to West Brom’s second goal yesterday.

Lampard, who handed the Brazilian the captain’s band on his debut, was quick to point out that apart from the mistake, the 36-year-old performed very well.

“Thiago Silva is going to be fantastic for us,” he said after the match.

“He has been incredible in his career and absolutely, I will not look at him. I can talk about the mistakes, they are clear and I am open and honest about that.

“We are a team but we have to react around that and, to be fair, the team did in the second half. But, there is nothing on Thiago, I am sure he will stand up and say it was a mistake.

“But other than that, I thought he was pretty faultless in the game. That’s his first Premier League game done and in the bank. We will get a lot more from him as well especially as he gets fitter and as the whole squad get fitter.”

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