Chelsea's record goalscorer Frank Lampard is looking forward to competing against their new young talent Kevin De Bruyne for a place in the starting 11, with the Belgian also keen to fight for his spot in the team.
Both Lampard and De Bruyne played substantial parts in Chelsea's 2-0 victory over Hull at the weekend, and Lampard, who is now part of the furniture at Stamford Bridge, says he is enjoying the competition in training as Jose Mourinho's squad battle to make the team sheet.
Lampard told the Chelsea website of his desire to impress under the second Mourinho regime: "It's like having a new teacher at school. You want to impress, and that can only be a good thing if we have a group of players who want to impress and earn their place in the team," he said.
De Bruyne impressed the Chelsea staff whilst playing against the Blues in the 2011/12 Champions League group stage for Belgian side Genk, and the attacking wide man dubbed 'Prince Harry' by his colleagues, believes the competition for places in such a well-balanced squad is a healthy proposition.
"The manager has confidence in the group. We have a squad of 24 or 25 players and he (Mourinho) believes everybody can start. There are a lot of good players playing at a high level. As a team, we will grow and get better and better," said the Belgian.
Chelsea know very well the realities of winning a long Premier League season and have fallen foul of multiple injuries in the past. Most notably surrendering their back-to-back titles to Manchester United in the 2006/7 season after long-term injuries to seven of their core players.
Lampard has managed to maintain outstanding fitness and even at the age of 35 he continues to score regularly. The England international knows the potential within Chelsea's squad:
"Any squad that wants to win things these days has to have a strong squad and when you look at our bench, and beyond that, that's what we have," he added.
De Bruyne was loaned back to Genk for a season before eventually becoming part of Chelsea's first team squad in the summer and the 22 year old already has stiff competition from players like German international Andre Schurlle, Victor Moses and Eden Hazard to name a few.
"We know we have six good players for that position so we have to prove ourselves on the field. The manager will probably rotate so we will see what happens. I've started well and team rotation is normal when you play so many games," he said.
The Belgian set up the opener for Oscar on Sunday and looks confident of stepping up to the level and intensity of the Premier League.
"If you play for a club like Chelsea you have more players at a high level, you have to fight for your spot which is good for the team," he concluded.
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