Face Atletico in last-16, Lampard relies on Thiago Silva’s experience
Chelsea are confirmed to meet Atletico Madrid in the two legs of the last 16 of the European Champions League this season. Regarding the results of the draw, coach Frank Lampard was very enthusiastic about Thiago Silva’s presence in the middle of his squad.
As is known, the Brazilian Senior Defender joined Chelsea since the start of the season for free after his contract with PSG had ended. Since joining, he has immediately been part of the Blues squad.
In fact, coach Frank Lampard immediately entrusted the armband to Thiago Silva, following Cezar Azpilicuetta as the main captain who this season has been sidelined more often.
So, based on the draw or the draw for the last 16 of the European Champions League by UEFA yesterday (14/12), Chelsea will certainly meet Atletico Madrid in the two legs of the last 16.
Regarding the results of the drawing, according to him, the presence of Thiago Silva in the Blues squad at this time is really needed considering that he already has a lot of experience in this annual event.
“He will be very important and he is not the only one. The other players have had the experience of the Champions League which is without a doubt the top club competition in world football.”
“Thiago was captain in a recent final – will be able to provide experience and be very aware of that level in two games against an experienced team like Atletico.” said Lampard as quoted by Goal International.
Next, Lampard paid tribute to his potential opponent, Atletico Madrid, especially coach Diego Simeone, who according to him had really applied an extraordinary style of play to the Spanish La Liga club.
“When you watch them you understand how they play. You can watch it on TV, turn off the colors and you will still understand that Atletico Madrid is playing. They are very confident in the way they play, ”
“They have quality players and the manager has been with them for years, so they are a very confident and experienced European team.” he snapped.
As for the schedule released by UEFA, the first leg match between the two teams is scheduled to take place in February 2021.