Frank Lampard: I'll never be like Pirlo

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Frank Lampard agrees he has had to change his style of play as the years have gone by, but said there was no way he would ever become like Italy veteran Andrea Pirlo.

Lampard scored twice in the Blues' 3-0 victory over his former club West Ham on Saturday evening, which led to more plaudits at his ability to continue to make decisive contributions to matches.

Chelsea's win saw them leapfrog Southampton and go level on points with Liverpool in second in the Premier League and Lampard was in inspiring form throughout.

It was put to the 35-year-old that his marauding runs from midfield that have been key to Chelsea's success since his arrival may not be the best way to elongate his career and it was suggested he may have to take on more of a deep-lying playmaker role like Pirlo.

"No, not like Pirlo. There will only ever be one Pirlo," was Lampard's response.

"In real life you probably adapt your game and you can't bomb up and down as much as you did. If you can use your experience - whether you are playing deeper or not - if you have a little bit of licence to get forward, as I did, you can do it at the right times."

Pirlo has become a shining example for players believed to be entering into the latter stages of their careers; he was released by AC Milan, joined Juventus on a free transfer and subsequently led them to the Scudetto without losing a game.

He has also performed remarkably for Italy, controlling games from in front of the back four and retaining his relevance after Milan decided he was past his best.

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