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The incredible Drogba and Lampard double-act

This season has seen the rare instance of the same team having two players score 20 Premier League goals or more. The Blues are members of this exclusive club thanks to the efforts of two of our greatest players in a Double-winning campaign.

The 20-goal mark is held up as the figure to reach for any top striker at the start of any season, and every club strives to have a player capable of hitting this individual target to improve their collective chances of success.

Of course, it's not always a positive; sometimes there can be an over-reliance on such a striker, so ideally you'd like the goals to be shared around the squad. But what if we offered you the chance to have not one, but two 20-goal a season men in the same team?

It doesn't happen often – just four times, in fact, during the Premier League era, which began 27 years ago. Liverpool are responsible for two of them, as this season's 20/20 double-acts Mo Salah and Sadio Mane join Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge from the 2013/14 campaign. Two of that quartet, of course, have Chelsea links.

The 1993/94 season saw Andrew Cole and Peter Beardsley score 34 and 21 times respectively, the first such instance seen in the Premier League, but then it was a whopping 16 years before it happened again. Step forward Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.

You'll have spotted the difference right away. While the other three duos were all strike partnerships – well, Salah and Mane are two thirds of a front three, but they are still attackers – Lampard played in midfield behind Drogba in the 2009/10 season, when the entire Blues squad went goal crazy.

We became the first side to score a century of Premier League goals in a single campaign, finishing an extraordinary campaign with 103 as Carlo Ancelotti led us to the title in his first season in the Stamford Bridge hotseat. The FA Cup was also added to the trophy cabinet after we beat relegated Portsmouth to the final.

The Ivorian topped the goal charts with 29, while Lampard was in fifth place after netting 22. What makes their achievement all the more impressive is that both men hit double figures for assists, too, as our legendary No8 led the league with 14 and Drogba trailed a few places behind him with 10. All told, that's a quite incredible 75 goal involvements between them in a single campaign.

While Drogba was in red-hot form from the very first game, netting twice in the opening-day win over Hull City, Lampard took a little bit longer to get going, having hit the turn of the year with only six Premier League goals to his name.

His upturn in fortune in the penalty box coincided with the team hitting form in that sense, too, as we recorded victories of five goals or more against Sunderland, Portsmouth, Aston Villa, Stoke City and, most memorably, Wigan Athletic on the final day, when we netted eight times to ensure the title was coming back to west London.

Lamps scored two apiece in the wins over the Black Cats and the Potters, but his most impressive showing saw him fire in four against Aston Villa at the Bridge, a game which saw him pass the 150-goal mark set by club legends Peter Osgood and Roy Bentley.

As assistant manager Ray Wilkins noted after the game: 'Frank is world class and he is invaluable to us.'

The same certainly applied to Drogba, who accumulated his goals by scoring little often – his tally was amassed across 20 of the 32 matches he played in the league that year – and as his befitting of the man who loved nothing more than the big occasion, he was our go-to guy whoever the opposition.

He was on target in victories at the Emirates Stadium, Old Trafford and Anfield, scoring the winning goal in each, as well as netting in home triumphs over Tottenham and Arsenal. No one was more decisive across the whole season.

On the final day of the campaign, when we hosted Wigan, it wasn't just the Premier League title up for grabs, though. Drogba was level with Wayne Rooney in the race for the Golden Boot award, which he had won three years earlier when we finished second to Manchester United.

This time, however, the Ivorian would have his cake and eat it. A second-half hat-trick in our dismantling of the Latics ensured he would take both prizes this time, which was a fitting end to his best season as a professional footballer.

Lampard also recorded his best-ever goal tally, underlining just how special this campaign was for two players who are destined to remain in the conversation about our greatest-ever player for many years to come.

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