Pat Nevin says Thiago Silva will have a big impact for Chelsea after their defensive frailties were once again exposed in the 2-0 loss to Liverpool.
Andreas Christensen made things difficult for his side when he hauled down Mane when bearing down on goal, getting himself sent off.
A quick-fire double from the Senegal international downed Frank Lampard’s side in the second half in what proved to be a disappointing afternoon for the west London club.
Thiago Silva arrives at Stamford Bridge with a wealth of experience, having won seven league titles with Paris Saint-Germain and earned 89 caps for Brazil.
The 36-year-old has been included in the squad to face Barnsley in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night and could be handed his debut.
Former Blues winger Nevin backs the veteran centre-back to help marshal the Chelsea defence in order to prevent mistakes like Christensen made on the weekend.
‘If ever there was a week when Chelsea wanted another game quickly, this is it,’ Nevin told the club’s official website.
‘I have no doubt Frank had a host of ideas and tactical changes he was just about to make at half-time against Liverpool, just before Andreas Christensen got sent off.
‘When the red card was flourished all his best-laid plans were tossed in the bin and he had to think quickly.
‘Ten men is a tough gig against anyone and, with the exception of Man City, Jurgen Klopp’s side are the worst opponents to be facing when you are a man light.
‘Andreas will be gutted he got himself out of position and too far from his central defensive partner, allowing Sadio Mane to use his blistering pace to get through the gaping hole that was left.
‘The best and most experienced centre-backs talk their team-mates through games. If the younger partner has the audacity to step out of position or is caught ball watching, they get barked at to get back into the zone within seconds.
‘A similar positional problem occurred against Arsenal in the FA Cup final. Once again I am convinced someone with Thiago Silva’s knowledge would not have allowed that problem to go unnoticed for long.
‘I would love to see the Brazilian legend in anger in a Chelsea kit very soon. It will make a huge difference.’