Lampard: Ancelotti can take us to next level

CHELSEA midfielder Frank Lampard insists the appointment of new manager Carlo Ancelotti has triggered a wave of optimism at Stamford Bridge.<br /><br />Lampard says he has received glowing tributes from all those he has canvassed about the Champions League-winning former AC Milan coach. And, having finished last season on a high by lifting the FA Cup, Lampard believes Ancelotti will take the Blues even further in the forthcoming campaign.<br /><br />Speaking in Kazakhstan ahead of England&rsquo;s World Cup qualifier in Almaty tomorrow, Lampard said: &ldquo;Can Ancelotti take Chelsea to the next level? I hope so. It is a very good and positive appointment.<br /><br />&ldquo;Ancelotti has been a very impressive manager with the titles he has won, the players he has worked with, and particularly with the bond he seems to strike with his players.<br /><br />&ldquo;Myself and the Chelsea boys here are very excited about the future.&rdquo;<br /><br />Having enjoyed a fine season, Lampard hopes to take that form into next summer&rsquo;s World Cup, a place at which will be all but ensured with victory tomorrow and against Andorra on Wednesday.<br /><br />&ldquo;I feel I&rsquo;ve had my best season even though it didn&rsquo;t bring lots of silverware for the team,&rdquo; he added. <br /><br />&ldquo;All I want to do is carry on with this form, try and improve it, and take it into the World Cup.&rdquo;