Mateo Kovacic compares Frank Lampard to Zinedine Zidane – and slams Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea ace Mateo Kovacic is enjoying playing and training under Frank Lampard, who works in a very similar way to Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.

The two managers have been described as mirroring one another’s approach to the game.

Croatia international Kovacic worked under French icon Zidane at the Bernabeu before leaving Real to spend last season on loan at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea made the move permanent after Maurizio Sarri’s departure and Lampard’s arrival.

It appears that played a key role in Kovacic opting to remain with the Blues full time, as he was hardly happy when Sarri was at the helm in west London.

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The Juventus manager’s methods did not go down well with the 25-year-old, who has been a key player for Lampard this term.

Kovacic sees far more of Zidane in Lampard than he ever did in Sarri.

Speaking to FourFourTwo, Kovacic said: “I came to Chelsea under Sarri, but I must say that Lampard is an exceptional manager.

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“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.

Mateo Kovacic did not like Maurizio Sarri’s management methods at Chelsea last season
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“There were a lot of similar training sessions with a focus on tactical preparation.

“Zidane was similar to the way Frank Lampard is a coaching, and their approaches really suits.”

Kovacic, Lampard and Chelsea are in their winter break now and return to action on Monday, February 17 when Manchester United visit in the Premier League (8pm).