Rio Ferdinand sees Thiago Silva as the key to a successful start to the season for Chelsea.
Silva joined Chelsea as a free agent after being released by PSG at the end of his contract in Paris.
The Brazilian had a difficult Premier League debut in the 3-3 draw with West Brom in September but has been quietly excellent since at the heart of an ever-improving Blues defence.
“Chelsea are on absolute fire, they’re flying,” he told Rio Ferdinand presents FIVE.
“Frank Lampard has got his team confident. If they go a goal down, it’s not a problem.
“And who is at the base of that, the foundations of that? For me, it would have to be Thiago Silva.
“He has come in, shown his experience, played in big games all around the world and I think if they go a…