Sami Khedira praises Frank Lampard for making 'key' Chelsea signing

Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira has praised Frank Lampard for his decision to sign Thiago Silva for Chelsea.

The 36-year-old made the surprise move to Stamford Bridge in the summer as he joined from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.

The Brazil international has made a quick impact in the Premier League as he has formed a solid partnership alongside Kurt Zouma at the heart of Chelsea’s defence.

And Khedira has praised Lampard for recognising that he needed an experienced player to complement the signings of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.

In an interview with The Athletic, Khedira suggested that a balanced squad was just as important as a manager’s formation and approach to a game.

Asked if he believes tactics are overrated, Khedira replied: ‘Yes, in as much as that strong tactics are a given at these type of clubs anyway.

‘The difference is made by coaches who get full buy-in by their players and who have a sense of what’s needed beyond formations etc on the pitch.

‘Take Frank Lampard. In Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, he’s brought in two outstanding footballers but the key signing is Thiago Silva at the age of 36.

‘Lampard knows that it’s not enough to have players who run fast and shoot hard.

‘You also need guys with experience that help others perform by force of their presence and personality.

‘A good manager sees the bigger picture and understands what pieces are missing to complete the puzzle.’

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