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Lampard dismisses jibes over Chelsea having an ageing squad

Frank Lampard is confident Chelsea's so-called ageing squad is capable of being a success in the Champions League. After securing the domestic league and cup double in the Carlo Ancelotti's first season in charge, the 32-year-old England international believes this squad has yet to peak despite concern over the Blues' senior men.

Captain John Terry and Ashley Cole are both 29 while Nicolas Anelka, Yossi Benayoun and striker Didier Drogba are all over 30.

But Lampard, who has now recovered for a hernia injury, has rejected any suggestions that the Chelsea squad is too old.

He said in the Daily Star Sunday: "It is a load of rubbish when I hear talk about there only being one or two years left in our spine. This has been going on for a year or so.

"Sometimes that is mind games from other managers, or press talk. But we proved them wrong last year.

"We have got players here who are experienced and you can't buy experience in football. Look at Didier, he will overpower any player who is 24 or 25.

"People have been talking about Paul Scholes and rightly so. If you took him out of the United team now, they'd need to replace him - and probably wouldn't be able to."

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