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Lampard has eye for goals

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Frank Lampard believes he can smash another 20 goals from Chelsea's midfield this season after enjoying a new lease of life in Carlo Ancelotti's 'diamond' formation.

Lampard has scored 100 goals in his past five seasons at Chelsea but looks even more threatening behind two strikers rather than just the customary one, and feels he could break his personal best of 21 during this campaign.

"Playing behind Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka, who make so many runs and moves, causes such a problem for the back four that you can run in behind them," said Lampard.

"People will be so worried about those two that if I make those late runs behind them then hopefully I will get the opportunities to score more.

"I won't be doing tricks behind the front men, that is not the way I play. I will probably give a little more defensively to the team than other players do in that position, but at the same time I think I can create and score more than I have done in the past years. I am very happy to play there."

The England midfielder is also buoyed by captain John Terry's decision to reject Manchester City's interest in him, and is confident that Chelsea can build on their impressive end to last season.

"Didier has signed his new deal and is staying with us," said Lampard. "He is as good a signing as you'll get anywhere, along with John Terry.

"It was important John stayed. He's a big player for us and no one wants to lose huge players.

"The form we showed under Guus Hiddink in the last five or six months of last season would have won us the league and more.

"It showed what we can do and it is very important as players that we perform to that level, and if we do have the occasional rough patch, which every team has during the season, then we work hard and get ourselves out of it."

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Didier Drogba
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