Cape Town - Mateo Kovacic has praised the work done
by Chelsea manager Frank Lampard after criticising the methods of
former boss Maurizio Sarri.
The Croatia international has enjoyed himself this season after making 32 appearances in all competitions for the Blues.
Kovacic was signed by Sarri on a season-long loan deal from Spanish
giants Real Madrid, but he flattered to deceive despite making 51
appearances in total.
Not all Chelsea's fans wanted him to sign on a permanent deal but he
penned a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge in July 2019, while Sarri
moved on after just one season before joining Serie A champions
He has scored two goals for the west London club this season, but it is Lampard that has got the best out of him.
Kovacic has featured in all but three Premier League games this term,
and he has praised Chelsea's all-time top goalscorer for improving his
game and the club's training methods, while calling Sarri's approach
"I came to Chelsea under Sarri, but I must say that Lampard is an
exceptional manager," the 25-year-old told FourFourTwo. "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. 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."
Kovacic has helped Lampard's side move into the top four this season,
but their run of three games without a win has allowed Tottenham to
move within four points of them.
Chelsea are currently enjoying their mid-season break, and they are
back in action on Monday, February 17 against Manchester United.
- TeamTalk Media