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Lampard relishing 'best-ever' season
Published : 21 Apr 2009 07:30:00
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard claims he is having the best season of his career - and believes the Blues have reclaimed their winning aura. The 30-year-old has scored 12 Premier League goals during a campaign in which the Blues started inconsistently under Luiz Felipe Scolari but have returned to form since the arrival of Guuz Hiddink in February. Chelsea are still in with a shout for three trophies as they are in the FA Cup final, the last four of the Champions League and are four points off leaders Manchester United in the Premier League. "I think personally it has been my best season," said Lampard. "Over the course of the season different things have cropped up, and as a group we've had some ups and downs, but I'm very pleased with the way I've been playing. "Hopefully my thirties can be my best years. I'm more experienced, more aware of how to play the game and how to manage myself in between games. "People used to joke about me hitting shots from all over the pitch, and when you're younger you do try a lot of things. "Now I'm looking for the right moment to slip people in and the right moment to score. "If you can make two assists like I did on Saturday you don't get the glory of scoring the goal, but you get the glory of winning the game." It has been almost two years since Chelsea won a major trophy and Lampard is delighted they have a good chance of ending the drought this season. "When you have a couple of years of winning leagues and cups and then a couple of barren years you're upset about not winning anything," he said. "We're close to winning again and we are playing as well as we did during those times. I hate to compare the Mourinho era, but there's certainly an element of that strength and belief in the team we had then. "We lost that at the start of the season. We lost points and games through giving away late goals, but now there's a much stronger feeling."