Thiago Silva was handed his Premier League debut back in September away at West Brom.
With Cesar Azpilicueta and Jorginho both starting on the bench, the Chelsea captain's armband was passed on to the veteran defender on his first appearance in English league football. The burden may have weighed heavy on some players but not a man closing in on 100 caps for Brazil.
"It was a surprise for me, a good surprise of course," he told chelseafc.com. "I was really happy with all this respect in relation to the club's history and the captains in the past. On this occasion, Azpilicueta and Jorginho were out so he [Lampard] opted to give me the captain's armband.
"I was really happy and content to have made my debut in the Premier League as a captain but my biggest joy comes from simply wearing the shirt, regardless of whether I'm captain or not."
Many of his countrymen have won major domestic and European titles with the Blues, a story of silverware that Thiago Silva is keen to write his own chapter in.
"Not so long ago David Luiz was here with Willian, Oscar, Ramires and Diego Costa, who has dual nationality with Spain but he's Brazilian," he continued.
"They were all Brazilians who were successful here at Chelsea and I hope that I can do a bit of what they all did here and that I can blaze a trail to victory. I'm really happy here and there's no doubt that Chelsea in Brazil are even more popular."