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Monday 20 November 2017

Lampard harbours dream of coaching Chelsea

Frank Lampard has revealed that he is planning for life in the dugout as Chelsea clinched their first Premier League title for four years with an 8-0 demolition of Wigan Athletic.

Midfielder Lampard scored from the penalty spot to take his overall tally for the season to 26 as Carlo Ancelotti clinched the domestic crown in his first season in England.

Lampard has a few more seasons in him as a player, but is already thinking about a coaching life after retirement.

"I quite like the idea of being a manager," said Lampard. "I've got to do my badges and that's a long process, which I am trying to get my head around at the minute. But when I get the time and the will to do it, I will -- certainly by the time I pack up playing because I'd love to be a manager.

"I've been fortunate enough to work with so many good managers and I'd take a lot from certain ones, a bit from others and try to put that all together.

"Obviously, I'd love to do that at Chelsea but there's probably a lot of other people who would like to manage Chelsea as well, so who knows?"

Chelsea romped to victory as a hat-trick from Didier Drogba, a double from Nicolas Anelka and other goals from Salomon Kalou and Ashley Cole helped the Blues finish top of the pile by one point over Manchester United.

Ancelotti does not believe Chelsea's ageing squad requires major surgery after their title success put them on the brink of a historic league and FA Cup double. Victory over relegated Portsmouth at Wembley next week will see the Blues become only the seventh team in history to win both competitions in the same season.

Meanwhile, captain John Terry lifted the title for the third time and earned praise from Ancelotti for not allowing his problems off the field to interfere with his football. Terry was stripped of the England captaincy by coach Fabio Capello after lurid headlines over his relationship with the ex-girlfriend of his one-time Stamford Bridge team-mate Wayne Bridge.

"I think that John had some difficult moments, but he kept those personal issues outside the training ground," said Ancelotti.

"He had a fantastic season. A lot of times, he was the most important player on the pitch and showed good character.

"It's not difficult for me to say he was the leader on the pitch, but a lot of my players showed fantastic character."

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