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Lampard: 200th goal like winning the Champions League

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Frank Lampard says scoring his 200th goal for Chelsea yesterday felt as good as winning the Champions League last season.

Lampard struck the opener in Chelsea's 2-0 win over West Ham at Stamford Bridge, moving him to within two goals of equalling Bobby Tambling's all-time goal record for the Blues.

The 34-year-old, who as it stands will leave Chelsea in the summer when his contract expires, compared reaching the milestone to beating Bayern Munich in the Champions League final last season.

Lampard said: “It is one of my best days.

“Obviously, winning the Champions League and championships are the best but, personally, getting 200 goals for the club is something I never thought I would touch so I am pleased to get it. 

"Everyone keeps talking about the goalscoring record but I would rather people kept quiet.

“The important thing is trying to score goals to win games.

“We are in good form. There is a good feeling around the place and we need to carry it on until the end of the season.”

Interim Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez was grateful for goals from Lampard and Eden Hazard as the Blues secured the win that took them up to third place, above rivals Tottenham who stumbled to a 1-0 defeat against Fulham.

The Spaniard hailed Lampard's achievement as 'fantastic', and paid tribute to the England international's work-rate.

“Ever since I have been in England, people have asked me about Lampard and Steven Gerrard," he said.

“For any player to score 200 goals for one club is a fantastic achievement — but especially for a midfielder.

“You can see Frank working hard in training all the time. We still have a lot of games to play this season so hopefully he will score more goals.

“But you also have to give credit to the rest of the team. When you have players like Ramires, they allow Frank to get forward.”

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