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Drogba singles out Lampard for praise

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Didier Drogba has named former Chelsea teammate Frank Lampard as one of the players that had a big influence on his career.

Drogba enjoyed a successful spell with the London outfit alongside Lampard for eight years at the Bridge

The two set each other up on 36 occasions in the Premier League, still the highest combined figure for goals and assists between two players in the English top flight.

The Ivorian who recently retired was full of praise for his former teammate in an interview at a Yokohama fan event in Tokyo.

“There’s one [player] that I’m going to put a bit more in front because most of my goals came from him, it’s Frank Lampard,” Drogba revealed in the report by FourFourTwo.

“And also because every day after training we were staying on the pitch trying to practice, trying to create some exercises because the ones we did a few days ago were becoming too easy.

“So, we were trying to bring in new exercises and that’s how we progressed and challenged each other to score goals, to create assists and for me, I learned a lot from him.”