Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic has explained that he’s been throughly impressed by manager Frank Lampard.
Kovacic, who signed on a permanent basis in the summer for £40million (BBC), had a moderate first season at Stamford Bridge last year after joining initially on loan from Real Madrid.
The 25-year-old is now a permanent Blues star and he’s certainly taken his game up a level this campaign.
Chelsea legend Lampard took charge as the club’s first-team boss at the beginning of the season, with his only previous experience of senior management the year he spent with Derby County in the Championship last season.
He’s been welcomed back by supporters with open arms considering he’s one of the club’s best ever players, but the focus has quickly switched on results.
His team sit fourth in the Premier League as it stands and securing a top four finish is so vital, plus they face Bayern Munich in the Champions League last-16 and Liverpool in the FA Cup fifth round.
Kovacic, who has worked under managers such as Rafael Benitez and Zinedine Zidane in his career, has spoken extremely highly of his current boss Lampard.
“When the club announced him as their new coach, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I came to Chelsea under [Maurizio] Sarri, but I must say that Lampard is an exceptional manager,” Kovacic told FourFourTwo magazine.
“He 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.
“I believe Frank has a bright future ahead of him, and if he gets enough time he can take Chelsea to many more successes.”
Lampard is always going to be regarded in legendary status as a player in West London, but the early signs are very promising for him as a manager too.
He’s going to need financial backing to really help the club moving forward in the coming years, but he’s bringing together an exciting youthful team with bags of potential.
Kovacic is one of several individuals that appear to be thriving in Lampard’s free-flowing style of football, but they do just need to tighten up a little.