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Chelsea's Lampard goes down memory lane to improve his game

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard watches old games from his Blues career in order to help him improve. "I am a big watcher of old games actually," he told his club's official website.

"It is nice to look back at games since I've been at Chelsea, on Chelsea TV or on video. I've got a lot of good memories and it is good to see them and I even watch some mundane games from a few years ago, just to see how we were playing those days. Sometimes you forget little bits.

"I just flick through and if there is a game from a few years ago I'll watch it out of interest, if not the full 90 minutes then patches, because your game, personally and as a team, definitely changes over the years.

"I am quite critical. I think oh my God, I can't believe I'm making those mistake or moves. Sometimes it is quite cringey to see things you did and it is quite bad just to see how young you look and realise that the years have passed.

"You do realise that you have come a long way, particularly from the first season or two I was at Chelsea. It is nice to see the progress.

"When I watch those old games, I see the different ways I did the running. With experience you run at different times. But it's not just that. My involvement in games in the first year or two here was a lot less than now.

"That is probably just a general growing of yourself and confidence. You feel you can take more control of games."

And Lampard still thinks that there is room for improvement in his game.

"I still feel the need to add new things to my game now. I am very critical if I watch matches and I will always try to add stuff. I've had that throughout my career," he added.

"The basics in my game are hard work and attitude, but if I'm feeling on top of it then I enjoy trying a few things, whether it be a flick or a pass. I'm fortunate to play in a good team where there is a lot of strength around and if things are going well you can try things. When you are struggling you keep it simple.

"I've tried a couple of those passes - some will come off and some won't. I wouldn't have had the confidence or the quality to do it as a youngster.

"Now with the movement we have around, the way defences are now - much tighter than they were - you have to try something different to open a defence. If you can throw in a dummy, look one way and pass the other, sometimes it can open them up."

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