Mateo Kovacic thinks Frank Lampard is an “exceptional” manager and praised his character as Chelsea manager. Lampard took the job of Chelsea manager under tremendous stress and expectations after Maurizio Sarri chose to leave Stamford Bridge last summer.

The former England midfielder managed to turn the disadvantage handed to him in the transfer market due to the transfer ban into an opportunity to polish the Chelsea youth the chance to shine this term, and has been praised by many for it.

Nobody expected Chelsea FC to do well this season, however, they still sit fourth in the Premier League table and are in contention for the Champions League next season.

Speaking in an interview quoted by the Daily Express, Kovacic said:

When the club announced him as their new coach, I wasn’t sure what to expect.

“I came to Chelsea under Sarri, but Lampard is an exceptional manager.

“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 monotonous.

“There were a lot of similar training sessions with a focus on tactical preparation.

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

Chelsea FC will return to Premier League action after their winter break when they host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge next Monday night.


Ross is a computer science engineer, an MBA and an ardent Chelsea fan.

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