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Mateo Kovacic reveals training was ‘monotonous’ under Maurizio Sarri – Croat is happier under Zidane-esque Frank Lampard methods

Mateo Kovacic has spoken out of his time under Chelsea’s current and previous boss in an interview with FourFourTwo magazine (via Daily Mail).

The Croat joined the Blues at the beginning of last season on loan from Real Madrid. That move was made permanent last summer. The change in management has seen the 25-year-old flourish under the guidance of Frank Lampard.

Kovacic told FourFourTwo of how enjoyable training is with Lampard at the helm. He said:

“He commits himself with everything he’s got. Training is always challenging and different from last season”.

The Croatian international feels the commitment is the difference, as well as giving his thoughts on Sarri’s approach. He added:

“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 was also keen to emphasise how Lampard compared to his former gaffer at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane.

“Zidane was similar to the way Frank Lampard is as a coach, and their approaches really suit me”.

It’s fair to say Kovacic has shown some diplomacy in his opinion, but he obviously wasn’t keen on Sarri-ball, and if we’re being honest he wasn’t the only one.

To be fair Sarri did deliver a third-placed finish, and Europa League success. So he must be given some credit for his brand of football.

Kovacic has certainly impressed this season compared to last. His tackling, and distribution has been better, and he’s even chipped in with a couple of goals. Something he failed to do during the last campaign. There’s no doubt Lampard is getting the best out of his undoubted talent.


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