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Thiago Silva has issued a heartfelt statement to Chelsea fans following his woeful performance in the Blues' 3-3 draw with West Brom on Saturday.
The summer-signing from Paris Saint-Germain made his Premier League debut in Saturday's thriller at the Hawthorns.
Silva had an absolute mare against Slaven Bilic's side, carelessly giving away possession for Callum Robinson and West Brom's second.
To cap off a bad day at the office for the 36-year-old, Frank Lampard took him off in the 73rd minute – although he can take solace in the fact his manager was still chasing an equaliser.
Silva refrained from commenting on his performance immediately after the game, instead waiting until Sunday to publicly reflect on his disappointing display.
"There are days when unfortunately hard work doesn't pay off the way we expected," Silva wrote on Instagram. "I am upset, but I take responsibility for the mistake I made, as I always did.
"As difficult as it may be, we have to get over this and move on.
"I want to thank my teammates and the entire staff for their continuous support since I joined Chelsea FC. I am really grateful of that support.
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"I promise to all of you that I will give everything I have on the pitch, putting all my energy and commitment into the games to come."
Although he was less than impressed by Silva's league debut, Lampard is confident the veteran defender will be a successful signing for the Blues.
"He is going to be fantastic for us," Lampard insisted. "He has been incredible in his career and I am sure he will be open about his mistake, but there is no blame on him.
"We are team that has to react around that. It is nothing on him. He will admit his mistake, but that was the only one. That's his first Premier League game done and in the bank.
"He will show a lot more as he gets fitter and the whole squad gets fitter. I am not blaming the players but just stating facts we made mistakes to give ourselves a mountain to climb."
Chelsea will be back in action on Tuesday night, travelling to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to take on Spurs in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
- Frank Lampard
- Premier League
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