Last season, Chelsea’s defensive record certainly needed fixing after a poor display throughout the campaign.
This season, it feels like a completely different Blues defence, secured by the new signings and the performances of the players already there.
Thiago Silva, Edouard Mendy and Ben Chilwell have all made a real impact, but the first player might be missing for Chelsea’s next match.
The 36-year-old Brazilian has been superb for the Blues and is yet to lose a game for the club, shoring up the defence.
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However, something that Frank Lampard is keen to do is not overuse the veteran defender so that he can get the best out of him.
“Within the squad you try to have standards you train at in terms of fitness work,” Lampard said.
“We try to balance it out as every player is different. In terms of how we train, I talk a lot to the sports science team, and they give me what they see, some of it is in my eye and the staff, and a lot of it is my relationship with the players and speaking to them.
“When you have an experienced player and such a great professional like Thiago, that honest conversation is very easy.
“If it means managing training, managing game time which we did last week with Russia, I’ll be very upfront and honest with him in terms of what we both think.
“I remember at the back-end of my career how I had to change my training programme, so I am very open to small tweaks with Thiago.”
That is easier said than done with Thiago Silva playing at his best and also being such a crucial member of Chelsea’s squad.
What hasn’t helped Lampard in keeping a key man fresh is the fact that he is also being regularly selected for Brazil.
Once again, Thiago Silva started for his country…