Mateo Kovacic has hailed Frank Lampard as the ‘perfect teacher’ for his midfield game.
“Now I see why he was such a great player,” Kovacic told chelseafc.com.
“His mentality is really strong. That’s what he wants to bring to us: to have a strong mentality, a winning mentality. He always won a lot of trophies.
“He has a great connection with every player. He is a great guy, he likes to joke, he likes to laugh. He’s the perfect teacher for us. We need to learn from him, and for now we are enjoying it, he is as well enjoying it, so it’s a nice connection.
“Now the moment is good, when the tough moments come it will be a test for us and for him, but we need to keep training as we are doing. We are working really hard. Four months he has been here, and every training was hard, and that’s important being at such a great club like Chelsea.”
Lampard was one of the best midfielders in the game in his playing days and will be hoping to rub off his scoring instincts on players like Kovacic who are brilliant in other aspects but have not scored in ages.