Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic has said that Frank Lampard’s winning mentality is among the many reasons that make the Blues boss the “perfect teacher” for his young squad.
Chelsea have impressed so far this season and sit third in the Premier League table, a point and a place above champions Manchester City, having put together a six-game win streak in the top flight.
The season so far has been built on the performances of the likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham, the latter of whom has 10 goals in 12 league games, following that up on Thursday with his first for England in the win over Montenegro.
Speaking to Chelsea’s official website, however, Kovacic – one of the older players in the squad at 25 – explained the reasons behind his side’s strong start to the season.
“It’s been nice, nice of course. Now I see why [Lampard] was such a great player. His mentality is really strong,” the midfielder said. “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.”
Chelsea return to Premier League action on Saturday with a crunch clash against Pep Guardiola’s City side at the Etihad Stadium.