Lampard relishing Ancelotti reunion after shared Chelsea success

Lampard spent two years playing under Ancelotti at Chelsea, from 2009 to 2011, and he thrived under the Italian’s management.

The former midfielder had his best ever season under Ancelotti, scoring 27 goals during the 2009-10 campaign, and he has admitted his old boss had a big impact on his career.

“I was heavily influenced by him as a player and as a man at the time,” said Lampard.

“He’s right at the top when I speak about the managers that I worked with. 

“He’s had huge success in his career at various clubs and one-to-one I found him to be a great coach and a great man. I very much look forward at all times to seeing him and speaking with him.”

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Chelsea head to Everton sitting third in the Premier League and they are just two points off leaders Tottenham.

Injuries mean they will be without Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech tomorrow, but Christian Pulisic is hoping to be involved after shaking off a hamstring issue.

“Christian Pulisic had a tiny bit of awareness off the back of the Leeds game with one of his hamstrings but he’s training normally so we should be as we were,” said Lampard.

“Christian is still a work in progress. I don’t want to call this an injury in midweek because if it had been a different type of game then I might have used him.

“We know his abilities and he showed them when he came on against Leeds last week. I just have to find the right way to get the best out of him quickly and consistently.”

Chelsea have a busy schedule from now until Boxing Day, with two of their four matches being London derbies, against Arsenal and West Ham, and Lampard has told his squad they cannot take their foot off the gas.

“It’s important to focus and it’s important for the squad to understand that this Premier League is so tough and unforgiving that if we drop our standards, we won’t be where we want to be,” he said.

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