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Chelsea boss lauds Lampard and Cole

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has described Frank Lampard as among the world's best players, and thinks Ashley Cole has no equal at left back. "He's (Lampard) versatile," Ancelotti said in the Daily Telegraph.

"He has a different quality to Kaka, Ribery or Maradona but has the same importance for the team.

"He is fantastic when he arrives in the box at the right time, scoring a lot of goals."

The Italian also reasoned there is no better left-back in world football than Cole.

"With the diamond we play, the full-backs are very important to run forward," he added.

"Cole and Bosingwa are doing a fantastic job. Cole is the best left-back in the world.

"(Patrice) Evra is a very good runner but he has a little bit of difficulty to defend."

"I found a lot of respect for me. But when I first came here there was too much distance between me and the players.

"They considered me only a boss and I did not have the language to break through that.

"Only one time have they upset me, in a friendly against Reading. We were losing 2-0 at half-time and I wanted to be angry, but I didn't have the words to convey the emotion.

"Ray (Wilkins) said I should use Italian and then they can see by the look on my face that I am upset.

"When I am angry I have to speak in Italian."

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