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Kovacic hails Lampard and points out the difference between him and Sarri

Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic has hailed Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard as an exceptional manager. The Croatia International who h...


Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic has hailed Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard as an exceptional manager.

The Croatia International who has been in fine form under Lampard this season told FourFourTwo magazine that the Chelsea legend has a huge future in football as a manager.

“I came to Chelsea under Sarri, but I must say that Lampard is an exceptional manager,” Kovacic said.


“He (Lampard) has kept the character he had as a player in his personality as a coach, which has inspired all of us. He commits himself with everything he’s got. Training is always challenging and different from last season.

“That’s probably the main difference between Lampard and Sarri, who made the concept of training quite monotonous. There were a lot of similar training sessions with a focus on tactical preparation.

“I believe Frank has a bright future ahead of him, and if he gets enough time he can take Chelsea to many more successes.”

Kovacic also talked about how Lampard has helped his game this season.

“This season, my game has just got the statistical confirmation in terms of extra goals and assists,” he said.

“I’m definitely enjoying this season fully, though, because I’m used to the club and more comfortable in London.

“I feel great at Chelsea and think I’m now playing the best football of my career. I have to admit that I’m really enjoying it so far. I play with the ball a lot more and have greater freedom of movement – that’s why.

“I think I’ve put in some great performances this season. Last year I was tied to a specific area, which became a bit predictable for our opponents and therefore made it harder for me.”

Kovacic explained the difference between Sarri and Lampard.

"Sarri didn’t want long balls from defence when we were under pressure, which led us into some tough situations. Lampard, on the other hand, gives us more freedom to assess situations.”

Kovacic has been one of Chelsea's best players this season and will be in contention for a place in midfield when Chelsea face Manchester United after the break.


Written by Vince @blue_footy

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